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Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
1936; printed (c. 1975)

gelatin silver photograph
40.4 × 39.6 cm (image) 50.7 × 40.7 cm (sheet)
Accession Number
International Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1975
© Library of Congress, FSA Collection
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Daryl and Anne Whinney
Gallery location
Not on display
The Farm Security Administration was a United States government agency that commissioned, collected and published documentary photographs between 1935 and 1946. Under the direction of Roy Stryker, a team of photographers was assembled to record the plight of displaced people, impoverished rural communities, the drought-devastated landscape of the United States and the various government programs established to assist them.

The photographers working on this project came from quite disparate backgrounds, ranging from commercial practitioners to scientists, painters to photojournalists, and created a richly diverse view of their common subject. As a whole, more than 250 000 photographs were produced, forming a panoramic portrait of life in rural United States during the Depression years.