Great Depression Photos show vividly the misery and hardship a world wide economic collapse unleashes.
The expressions of hopelessness, sadness and despair etched in the faces of out-of-work men and the mothers trying to protect their families show graphically just how hard it was to get by during this great global upheaval... an upheaval that would ultimately push the world into World War II.
Cary Nelson has compiled and prepared a fascinating pictorial essay with photograps and facts about the Great Depression on his Modern American Poetry web-site.
Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) became famous for photographing and recording the hardship and misery endured by so many men, women and children during the Great Depression.
From setting up her own successful photographic studio she went on to work for the Farm Security Administration where she saw first hand the rural poverty and exploitation of share-croppers, displaced families and migrant laborers.
Lange provided her Great Depression photos free to newspapers around the country to show the plight of these unfortunate souls.
Walker Evans (1903-1975), like Dorothea Lange, also worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression.
Evans came from an affluent family and worked for several years for a Wall Street stockbroker up until the crash of 1929. He too recorded the harsh effects of the Depression on American farmers through the camera lens.
In 1938 The Museum of Modern Art staged an exhibition of his work entitled Walker Evans: American Photographs. It was the first time the museum had exhibited the work of a single photographer. (ref: Wikipedia)
"Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?"... Bing Crosby.
Photos from the Great Depression cont...
The Internet Revolution, Globalization, and the Global Financial Crisis created the perfect storm... Old Business models are being destroyed and jobs are disappearing offshore at an astonishing rate. Analysts warn that "China and India are poised to out-think us and out-compete us by their sheer numbers" and that "there is no job security now".
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