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Ben Shahn

(American, 1898-1969)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 17.8 x 24 cm (7 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 17.8 x 24 cm (7 x 9 7/16 in.)

Gift of Samuel J. Lehr 2017.290


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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