United States of America 1915 – 1985

Old-time prospector, Rocky Mountain George, Esmeralda County, Nevada 1940 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: cardboard

Dimensions: printed image 21.8 h x 24.2 w cm mount 35.4 h x 27.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.2082
  • The photo unit of American president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Resettlement Administration (RA) was set up publicise the living conditions suffered by the rural poor during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In 1935 Arthur Rothstein was the first photographer sent out to document rural and small-town America by Roy Stryker, head of the RA’s Photo Unit (the RA became the Farm Security Administration (FSA) in 1937).

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