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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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Ben Shahn

All Aboard the School Truck: 1935

All Aboard the School Truck: 1935

October 1935. Red House, West Virginia. Youngsters on the way to school. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Houses on the Hill: 1935

Houses on the Hill: 1935

October 1935. Coal miners' houses in Omar, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Circleville: 1938

Circleville: 1938

Summer 1938. "Street Scene in Circleville, Ohio. Because of its non-industrial surroundings, retains much of old-time flavor." Reflected in the glass we can see Ben Shahn snapping this picture with his Leica pointed sideways. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Calumet: 1935

Calumet: 1935

October 1935. Miners at Calumet, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Springfield Tanners: 1938

Springfield Tanners: 1938

Summer 1938. "Tannery workers in Springfield, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

H.V. Bretney: 1938

H.V. Bretney: 1938

Summer 1938. "Old tannery in Springfield, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Plaquemines Parish: 1935

Plaquemines Parish: 1935

October 1935. The Trische family, tenant farmers in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 
 
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