Ben Shahn (American, 1898-1969)
gelatin silver print, Image: 16.3 x 24.1 cm (6 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.5 x 25.3 cm (8 1/16 x 9 15/16 in.). Gift of Samuel J. Lehr 2017.280
American painter and printmaker Ben Shahn also had a significant career as a photographer in the 1930s surveying the impact of the Great Depression on the American people. In July and August 1938, the Farm Security Administration, a federal agency, commissioned Shahn to cover the harvest in Central Ohio. His photographs constitute an invaluable in-depth portrait of rural and small town life in 1930s Ohio.
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