Coal miner’s child taking home kerosene for lamps.–The Bitter Years 003

Company houses, coal tipple in background. Pursglove, Scotts Run, West Virginia. September, 1938. (photographer Marion Post Wolcott) 30180-M2

Coal miner's child taking home kerosene for lamps. Company houses, coal tipple in background. Pursglove, Scotts Run, West Virginia.–The Bitter Years 003


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.

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