Fascinating Photos Capture Everyday Life of the U.S Just After the Great Depression by Marion Post

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Born 1910 in New Jersey, American photographer Marion Post worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression documenting poverty and deprivation.

Post’s photographs for the FSA often explore the political aspects of poverty and deprivation. They also often find humor in the situations she encountered.

In 1978, Post mounted her first solo exhibition in California, and by the 1980s, the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art began to collect her photographs. The first monograph on Marion Post’s work was published in 1983.

Post was an advocate for women’s rights; in 1986, she said: “Women have come a long way, but not far enough. . . . Speak with your images from your heart and soul” (Women in Photography Conference, Syracuse, N.Y.).

Marion Post’s work is archived at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She died in 1990 at the age of 80.

These fascinating photos are part of her work that Marion Post captured everyday life of the U.S from 1939 to 1941, just after the Great Depression.

Cooperative gas station at Greenbelt, Maryland, 1938

A FSA (Farm Security Administration) borrower building a new gate for his yard, Prairie Farms, Montgomery, Alabama, 1939

A rainy evening in New York City looking west toward Hudson River from University Place, 1939

Tourist court near Plant City, Florida, 1939

Spectators at the Duke University-North Carolina football game, Durham, North Carolina, 1939

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