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|SLU’S SIMS LIBRARY TO HOST DEPRESSION-ERA PHOTOGRAPHY
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Sims Memorial Library will host “The rain are fallin: A Search
for the People and Places,” an exhibit of photographs taken in Louisiana
during the Great Depression.
The exhibit will be on display
June 1-Aug 18. It was curated by Dean Dablow, a photography professor and
director of the School of Art at Louisiana Tech University.
Photographed by the Farm Security
Administration in Louisiana from 1935-1943, the 24 photographs were selected
by Dablow from the Library of Congress collection of more than 2,000 taken
throughout the state.
Dablow said some of the most
notable photographers in the history of the medium were involved with the
FSA, including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Carl Mydans,
Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, and Marion Post Wolcott. The
photographers captured stunning images of the residents of Louisiana as
well as interesting places they found in their travels.
“My research into this subject
was prompted by my knowledge of these photographs held by the Library of
Congress in Washington, D.C. and my profession as a professor of photography
at Louisiana Tech,” Dablow said. “Having never seen more than a handful
of these photographs published documenting Louisiana, I wanted to
see more. When I was given the privilege of viewing the entirety of the
Louisiana collection, I was taken by the honesty and directness of these
remarkable photographs. What the FSA photographers captured in these photographs
was an extraordinary documentation of our state history and I was moved
to give this relatively unknown collection to the citizens of Louisiana
through this traveling exhibit.”
Library summer schedule hours
are 6-10 p.m., Sunday; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday- Wednesday; 7:30
a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday.
For additional information, contact
Southeastern Visual Arts, 985-549-2193.
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