Image: Interior Detail, West Virginia Coal Miner's House
(St. Louis, Missouri, 1903 - 1975, New Haven, Connecticut)

Interior Detail, West Virginia Coal Miner's House , 1935

Gelatin silver print
10 in. x 8 in. (25.4 cm x 20.32 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. Blake McDowell, Jr.
1980.12
Beginning in 1935, Evans and a number of other photographers were hired by the Farm Security Administration (FSA), a federal agency.  Although its initial goal was to record governmental efforts to assist destitute farmers, the project soon grew into a photographic survey that garnered not only attention but also sympathy and a degree of respect for all those suffering the Depression’s effects.  Such straightforward works by Evans and other FSA photographers proved a major influence in the development of American documentary photography.
  
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