Documenting the Face of America

11.19.09

For those who missed it, Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers was on PBS again. This is a great documentary film that first premiered in 2008 and well worth checking your local listings to see when it will air again.

“Roy Stryker proved to me that you cannot photograph a bigot and say ‘this is a bigot’ because they have a way of looking just like everybody else. What the camera had to do was expose the evils of racism, the evils of poverty, the discrimination and the bigotry by showing the people who suffered most under it.”
– Gordon Parks

It was the first time Americans saw each other’s faces and witnessed what life was like across the nation: north to south, east to west, rich and poor, black and white. Ordinary people. Extraordinary times.

Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers brings to life the remarkable stories behind the legendary group of New Deal-sponsored photographers who traversed the country in the 1930s and early 1940s and created what has become a national treasure.

– via PBS

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