Published by Prestel, Facing Change: Documenting America by Leah Bendavid-Val features the work of 10 of the country’s most celebrated photojournalists.
The collaborative project was inspired by work done in the 1930s and 1940s by photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to document the experiences of Americans at all economic levels during the Great Depression and World War II.
Some of those period photographs by such icons as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Gordon Parks are included in the new book, along with contemporary images by FCDA photographers David Burnett, Alan China, Donna Ferrato, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Stanley Greene, Andrew Lichtenstein, Carol Javier Ortiz, Darcy Padilla, Lucian Perkins and Maggie Steber.
“The magnificent photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection at the Library of Congress have inspired several generations of photojournalists,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao.
Like their FSA counterparts, FCDA photographers have chronicled the challenges of Americans at a particular time in history. Their work tells compelling stories of people around the country who are coping with issues and events such as immigration, the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the great recession and profound economic disparity.
The 252-page hardcover book contains more than 200 images as well as interviews with Library of Congress photography experts, which together illustrate photojournalism’s role in engendering change in America.
The FCDA photographers are introduced in essays that describe their history, work and aspirations for the project.
The book is available for $60 in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at 888-682-3557 or loc.gov/shop/.
The Library’s Prints and Photographs Division holds more than 15 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day.
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