Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Ben ShahnThe Library of Congress
Introduction by Timothy Egan. Series statement by W. Ralph Eubanks. Series editor Amy Pastan
Published by GILES in association with The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Published — September 2008 (UK and USA)
Dimensions — 64 pages, 180 x 180mm (7 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
Illustrations — 55 colour illustrations
Format — Paperback
Price — UK£7.95 / US$12.95
ISBN — 978-1-904832-40-9
Book Details (pdf) — Fields_of_Vision_AI2.pdf
Press Release — Evocative images of a vanished world
Shahn "more than holds his own in the medium...his volume is particularly insightful". "Should be required reading in schools, particularly now" Charles Giuliano, Berkshire Fine Arts
“We just took pictures that cried out to be taken.” Ben Shahn
“No matter where he pointed his camera, Shahn could not help but find a telling detail that went beneath the surface. Sent to document the brutality of the Depression, he came home with that, plus its heart.” Timothy Egan on Ben Shahn
About the Book
Part of a completely new photography series, featuring The Library of Congress’ internationally renowned collection of Farm Security Administration (FSA) and Office of War Information (OWI) photographs, this title provides a unique view of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War. Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Ben Shahn features an introduction to his work by Timothy Egan and 50 striking images. Trained as an artist and designer, and best known as a painter and illustrator, Shahn's primary interest was in people rather than landscapes, "the authentic faces of rural America"
About the Author(s)
Timothy Egan is a contributing columnist for The New York Times. In 2001, he was part of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s series exploring racial attitudes across contemporary America. He is the author of five books, including The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl(2006), which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2006. Amy Pastan is an independent editor and book packager. She was formerly a staff editor at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and acquisitions editor at the Smithsonian Institution Press, where she developed award-winning books on photography and fine arts.