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Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Carl MydansThe Library of Congress

Published by GILES in association with the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 64 pages, 180 x 180 mm (7 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

Illustrations — 50 colour

Format — Paperback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-88-1

News  —  Photographs that document the human condition

Sales Points

“When I began to use my 35 mm camera, I was never separated from it. I wore it often under my jacket, on my shoulder like a weapon in a holster. I always had the feeling...that something was going to happen in front of me, and when it did, I wanted my camera to be there.” Carl Mydans “Most of these photographs show Mydans’ skill at getting inside what he saw….What made him an outstanding photographer, sensitive and conscientious, was his smart ability to grasp a large event and in his bones know how to capture its essence…” Annie Proulx on Carl Mydans

About the Book

Following on from the publication of the first six books featuring The Library of Congress’ internationally renowned collection of Farm Security Administration (FSA) and Office of War Information (OWI) photographs, the series will continue with images chosen from the works of Arthur Rothstein, Gordon Parks and Carl Mydans. Providing a unique view of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War, each Fields of Vision volume includes an introduction to the life of the photographer and 50 evocative images selected from their work.Carl Mydans was born in Boston in 1907 and earned a degree in journalism from Boston University in 1930. In 1935 he joined the Resettlement Administration (which became the FSA) as a photographer. Mydans traveled in the South, documenting agricultural workers and rural poverty, and toured New England towns hard-hit by the Depression. His work was distinguished by his ability to tell an entire story in a single image. After sixteen months with the government, Mydans left to work at Life magazine, where he stayed until the magazine closed in the early 1970s. He died in 2004.

About the Author(s)

Annie Proulx lives in Wyoming and New Mexico, where she writes fiction and essays, including Post Cards, Brokeback Mountain, Accordion Crimes, The Shipping News, and the newly published Bird Cloud.