Long Time Coming
A Photographic Portrait of America, 1935-1943
By (author) Michael Lesy
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Long Time Coming by Michael Lesy
Book DescriptionLong Time Coming is derived from the 145,000 photographs made between 1935 and 1943 by a team of now-famous photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration (FSA), whose ranks included Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans. We are all familiar with the iconic images of poverty that are usually associated with the project. The agency's mission, however, went well beyond photographing dispossessed rural people, and this book is proof. It includes 410 remarkable images made in large cities (including New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Pittsburgh) as well as dozens of small towns and villages throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These are images that have rarely been seen-some twenty percent have never been published before-images that present a portrait of a vanished America, a visual record of everyday existence that enhances and enlarges our assumptions about the era. Setting the pictures in context, Michael Lesy's iconoclastic, groundbreaking text intercuts excerpts from primary and secondary sources (some given as "assigned reading" to the project photographers) with an extended look at Roy Stryker, the FSA's controversial director. It presents the FSA photographs in a very different light from the bleak vision to which we are accustomed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393049435
(259mm x 290mm x 33mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 22-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Murder City, Paperback (February 2008)
Michael Lesy's disturbingly satisfying account of Chicago in the 1920s-the epicenter of murder in America-could be fiction, but it's not.
Angel's World, Hardback (January 2006)
The fascinating search for meaning in the life and work of a little-known photographer.
Wisconsin Death Trip, Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by Michael Lesy
This book is about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 and 1910. Against these are juxtaposed excerpts from the Badger State Banner, from the Mendota State (asylum) Record Book, and occasionally quotations from the writings of Hamlin Garland and Glenway Wescott.
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Author Biography - Michael Lesy
Michael Lesy is one of America's leading photographic scholars. His books include Wisconsin Death Trip, Murder City, Angel's World, and Long Time Coming. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he teaches literary journalism at Hampshire College.
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