Company houses, coal tipple in background. Pursglove, Scotts Run, West Virginia. September, 1938. (photographer Marion Post Wolcott) 30180-M2
The Bitter Years, in 1962, was Edward Steichen’s last exhibition as Director of the Department of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The images in the exhibition were personally selected by Steichen from 270,000 photos taken for the Farm Security Administration by a team of photographers employed between 1935 and 1941 to document (primarily) rural America during the Great Depression.