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The American Exodus

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Lucas AcostaLeave a Comment

Due to the sharp decline in the American Stock Market during the early thirties, many people went back to their agriculture roots to survive during such an oppressive time. However, a severe drought and a failure to apply dry-land farming techniques led to what is now known at the Dustbowl and subsequently led to the ‘Dirty’ thirties. Exoduses, in general, …

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Problems in Pictures

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Spencer Carle2 Comments

Both You Have Seen Their Faces by Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke-White and 12 Million Black Voices by Richard Wright and Edwin Rosskam fit into the, at the time during the 1930’s, new style of photo journalism book. Both books speak mainly through the images with the text existing for clarification or specificity – the story is written in the …

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What’s the story here?

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Zoe Hall1 Comment

The words of the photographer’s books reach into the history of the impoverished subjects and articulate the reasons of the spiral into the depression for many. They spoke on behalf of the farmers. Their pictures captured the essence of their present day strife and their words elaborated the back story. It is interesting to me that the photography books are …

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Humans of the South

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Jason GabaeeLeave a Comment

It makes sense that Erskine Caldwell and Margaret Bourke White’s You Have Seen Their Faces, is recognized as an important artifact of the depression. One important thing the book did was show the reality behind the fiction stories authors, including Caldwell, were writing. So often we mention the blurred line between fiction and reality when examining works from the thirties. …

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Face to Face

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Ruben ZaccaroniLeave a Comment

“By the time you statisticians know the numbers, what I’m trying to tell you in advance will be history, and you’ll be too late” (American Exodus, 136). American Exodus deals extensively and explicitly with the problem of subjective reporting. What is the role of the reporter? To describe what they are witnessing ‘objectively’? Or to attempt to be ‘objective’? This …

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Framing More Than a Shot

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Net Supatravanij1 Comment

When comparing the Great Depression era’s portrayal through photography, a recent article I read came to mind. The Lab, presented by none other than photography industry’s leading brands Canon, six people were invited to photographer a man whereby each person was told different facts about the man. For instance, for one session, the photographer was told they would be photographing …

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Photographing Significance

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by JackLeave a Comment

With many of the photos in the book, You Have Seen Their Faces, the subject’s face is appropriately at the center of the frame, but many of the photos arrive so close to their subjects that the viewer cannot distinguish where the photograph was taken.  Like all art, photography is a series of choices, and the decision to not include …

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Have We Gone Too Far in the Pursuit of Profit?

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Jessie Cao1 Comment

Those photographs give a more primitively compelling force, which is almost like a “slap in the face” for the viewers. When farmers/proletarian workers are objectified into faceless masses, we realize that something has gone wrong. Economic division between poor and rich, and black and white, left more than half of the country lifeless and desperate. In Caldwell & Bourke-White’s You Have Seen …

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One Nation, Divided.

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Aroushi1 Comment

The collection of pictures in “An American Exodus” by Dorothea Lange focuses largely on the destitute situations of those on the land, focusing specifically on depressed living and working conditions. As I initially sifted through the pictures – “Hoe Culture, Alabama/1937” caught my attention. The black and white images displays a close-up of, what appears to be, a man holding …

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No Way Out

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Amy GreenspanLeave a Comment

This reading was particularly interesting because it fused the art of image capturing with text to attempt to deliver a message about this time in history. For such an important moment in American history, photography seems to be the most appropriate medium: “The camera alone gives credible reality to a people who are no longer here, to an environment that …

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America: No Vacancy

In The Travel Habit, 5. Words & Images by Laura Casado1 Comment

The 1930s in the United States brought about an unprecedented change on both technical grounds, regarding labor, and social grounds, in harsh adaptations to the all-revered, idealistic American dream. The Great Depression created a country that was, in many ways, unwelcoming and harsh. Whereas previously most Americans had been, stereotypically but also somewhat realistically, hardworking and optimistically carefree, the mass …