Mrs. M.W., widow, runs a rented farm–The Bitter Years #14

The Bitter Years, Wall 2 (Drought and Erosion)
Mrs. Mary Willis, widow, who with two children runs a rented farm near Woodville.
Greene County, Georgia.
June, 1941.
Jack Delano 44763-D


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.

Image information:

  • Delano, Jack, photographer. Mrs. Mary Willis, widow, who with two children runs a rented farm near Woodville. Greene County, Georgia. June, 1941. Image retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000026322/PP/. (Accessed October 12, 2016.)
  • Call Number: LC-USF34- 044763-D [P&P]
  • Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection

Notes:

  • This is the highest resolution image I could find.  It is one of a very large number of images in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog that do not have high resolution versions online.
  • This image has been digitally adjusted for one or more of the following:
    • fade correction,
    • color, contrast, and/or saturation enhancement
    • selected spot and/or scratch removal
    • cropped for composition and/or to accentuate subject matter
    • straighten image
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  • Hilary Oct 15, 2016

    Oh gosh … she must have had one hard life … yet, she stands proud for Jack Delano … thanks Mike – cheers Hilary

    • Mike Oct 15, 2016

      It’s hard to imagine the hard life of tenant farmers or sharecroppers who worked hard just to scrape by.

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