An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion

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J.-M. Place, Jan 1, 1999 - Photography - 158 pages
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First published in 1939, An American Exodus is one of the masterpieces of the documentary genre. Produced by incomparable documentary photographer Dorothea Lange with text by her husband, Paul Taylor, An American Exodus was taken in the early 1930s while the couple were working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) The book documents the rural poverty of the depression-era exodus that brought over 300,000 migrants to California in search of farmwork, a westward mass migration driven by economic deprivation as opposed to the Manifest Destiny of 19th century pioneers. This facsimile edition of the original volume reintroduces this sought-after work of art -- a pioneering book that was among the first to combine photographs with oral testimony -- to a contemporary audience, providing an insight into the struggles of the Depression as well as offering a profound and timeless look at the human condition.

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Review: An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion - Dorothea Lange & Paul Taylor

User Review  - Ron Stafford - Goodreads

Great book, the photos by Lange are amazing, some of her best. The quotes she used as captions are taken from the men and women she photographed. This is a wonderful art book, and also social and ... Read full review

Review: An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion - Dorothea Lange & Paul Taylor

User Review  - Michael Tapp - Goodreads

This more of a historical document than a piece of art. Lange really personalizes the struggles during three different migrations. I'm thankful that Farm Security Admin was able to fund this work. Read full review


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Dorothea Lange was born in New Jersey in 1895. She worked as a professional photographer in San Francisco for fifteen years until the early 1930's, when she took her camera out of her studio and into the street, radically changing the nature of her work. When American Exodus was published she was on the photography staff of the Farm Security Administration.

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