CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
More American Photographs
Text by Jens Hoffmann, Blake Stimson.
As the United States slowly emerges from its most significant economic downturn since the Great Depression, the CCA Wattis Institute reexamines the well-known photography program of the Farm Security Administration (1935-44). In More American Photographs, 12 contemporary photographers were commissioned to travel the United States, documenting its land and people. These new works are presented alongside historical images by original FSA photographers such as Dorothea Lange in a catalogue whose design was inspired by Walker Evans’ seminal book American Photographs. Participating photographers include Walead Beshty, Esther Bubley, Larry Clark, Roe Ethridge, Walker Evans, Katy Grannan, William E. Jones, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Sharon Lockhart, Catherine Opie, Gordon Parks, Martha Rosler, Collier Schorr, Ben Shahn, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas and Marion Post Wolcott.