Ben Shahn (American, 1898-1969)
Gelatin silver print, Image: 16.4 x 24.2 cm (6 7/16 x 9 1/2 in.); Paper: 20.5 x 25.4 cm (8 1/16 x 10 in.). Gift of Samuel J. Lehr 2017.286
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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