Published: August 17, 2004
“In the News: Vintage Photojournalism from 1940 to 1965” with photos by Capa, Evans, Freed, Lange, Smith, Weegee and others will be on view at Lee Gallery, 9 Mount Vernon Street, from September 1 to October 29.
Both Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange were important photographers for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), recording the people and places affected by the Great Depression.
Lange put a human face to the suffering of those forced to leave their homes, searching for work. The photo of “The Migratory Cotton Picker” is a visually striking portrait of a particular man struggling to make a living. Lange’s images were powerful enough to encourage the state of California to improve the migratory workers’ living conditions. Evans employed his talent as a street photographer during the FSA and later working Fortune magazine, documenting the war factories of Bridgeport, Conn.
Weegee’s unsettling, voyeuristic images of the gritty New York streets and crime scenes are a classical example of subjective journalism. “Crowd at the Scene of an Accident” is a typical Weegee image, taken with a strong flash and unflatteringly showing people in an unenviable situation.
Robert Capa and Eugene Smith both became passionately and personally intertwined with the places, people and events they reported. Smith worked for three years on a project on Pittsburgh. Capa co-founded the photo agency Magnum in 1947 in order to establish more freedom in choosing his stories.
Smith ably switches between powerful war images such as “Saipan” depicting a war hardened, determined marine and “A Walk to Paradise Garden” of his two children emerging from a darkened forest into a bright opening. Capa found moments of happiness and reflection, even in wartime, such as the jubilant crowd of “Surrender in Palermo” and the soldier taking a minute to contemplate a purchase in “Naples…Stands of Books on Sale in the Street.”
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