Dispossessed Arkansas farmers–The Bitter Years 006

Dispossessed Arkansas farmers.
These people are resettling themselves on the dump outside of Bakersfield, California. 1935
(photographer) Dorothea Lange

Dispossessed Arkansas farmers. These people are resettling themselves on the dump outside of Bakersfield, California. 1935

Note: This was the best version I could find online for this image.


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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