Interview with Roy Stryker (1972)

Edited transcript of a lengthy 1972 interview with Stryker. Conducted by Robert J. Doherty, F. Jack Hurley, Jay M. Kloner, and Carl G. Ryant. R: Could you tell us just briefly about your background before you went to Washington in the thirties? Now, let’s see. After I got out of high school, I started to […]

Bill Owens: “American Photography and the American Dream” (excerpt) (1991)

The people in Owen’s book Suburbia, are still under the “spell” of the American Dream. They live in California suburban communities where, according to Owens, “everyone… lives ‘the good life’, which means having attractive homes, high paying jobs, swimming pools and shiny cars.”   By James Guimond, excerpt from American Photography and the American Dream, […]

In the Face of All Odds: Dorothea Lange’s Psychological Studies of the Depression’s Disenfranchised (1986)

By Merrill Schleier. Presented at Southwest Labor Studies Conference, March 14, 1986 Dorothea Lange’s images of the Depression’s unemployed and disenfranchised victims have long been acknowledged both for their power to prompt government action and their compassion. Lange was one of several photographers employed by the Resettlement Administration, which was later subsumed under the Farm […]

Walker Evans – The Poetry of Plain Seeing (2000)

“While Evans gave much effort to photographing poor people, their houses, rooms and the things they made, it is far from clear that poverty is the point of his best pictures.”   By Leo Rubinfien, originally published in Art in America, December 2000 A traveling retrospective (2000) prompts the author to recall the austere formalist–and […]

Interview with Bill Owens on Photographing the Suburban Soul (2005)

 “I enjoy cooking, dogs, cats, kids, soccer, and living here.” “No one would have predicted I would succeed at anything.” Interview by Robert Hirsch of Light Research Bill Owens’s Suburbia (1972) is a quintessential photographic study of suburban California life and of its rituals. Owens followed with Our Kind of People (1975), which examined political, […]

An Interview with Walker Evans (1971)

  Interview with Walker Evans Conducted by Paul Cummings in Connecticut, October 13, 1971 In New York City, December 23, 1971 PAUL CUMMINGS: It’s October 13, 1971 – Paul Cummings talking to Walker Evans at his home in Connecticut with all the beautiful trees and leaves around today. It’s gorgeous here. You were born in […]

INTERVIEW: “Interview with Jack and Irene Delano” (1965)

Negro bus-boy dishwashers, Investment Pharmacy, Washington, July, 1941 Interview with Jack and Irene Delano Conducted by Richard K. Doud in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, June 12, 1965. RICHARD DOUD: If you don’t mind, I think I’ll ask you about your background, what you were doing leading up to your association with the Farm Security Administration, and […]

Interview with John Collier (1965)

Hispanic boy. Trampas, New Mexico. 1943 Interview with John Collier Conducted by Richard K. Doud at John Collier’s home in Sausalito, California. January 18, 1965 RICHARD DOUD: This is an interview with John Collier at his home on Muir Beach, Sausalito, California; January 18, 1965. The interviewer is Richard K. Doud. JOHN COLLIER: I got […]

Class Time with Garry Winogrand (1974 – 1976)

  By O.C. Garza The years were 1974, 1975 and 1976. Step back to those years in what was the active, peaceful city of Austin, Texas. The city is nestled hard against the banks of the Colorado River that knives through central Texas. This state governmental seat was changing as it always has and always […]

F. Jack Hurley on Russell Lee (1973)

  By F. Jack Hurley Originally published in IMAGE: Journal of Photography and Motion Pictures of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, September, 1973 To try to capsulize the work of Russell Lee into a short article is an essentially impossible task. The man has been active in the field of photography […]

INTERVIEW: “Interview with Beaumont Newhall” (1965)

Beaumont Newhall at his home outside Albuquerque, 1974 by Bill Jay Interview with Beaumont Newhall Conducted by Joseph Trovato at the George Eastman House. January 23, 1965. JOSEPH TROVATO: This interview with Mr. Beaumont Newhall is taking place at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, January 23, 1965. Mr. Newhall, your name has been associated with […]