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Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Jack DelanoThe Library of Congress

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


Published — (UK and USA)

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

Illustrations — 50 colour illustrations

Format — Paperback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-46-1

Book Details (pdf) — FOV2-AI-LR3.pdf

Press Release — Fields of Vision: evocative images of a vanished...

News  —  Photographs that document the human condition

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“What impels me to click the shutter is not what things look like, but what they mean.” Jack Delano, Photographic Memories "Delano never tells us the meaning of his photographs. Rather, he lures us into an image, and before we know it, we’re asking ourselves what it means to us" Esmeralda Santiago in the introduction to Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Jack Delano

About the Book

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 a Farm Security Administration (FSA)/Office of War Information (OWI) photographer with 50 evocative images selected from their work held by the Library of Congress. Transporting the viewer to American homes, farms, and streets of the 1930s and 1940s, they offer a glimpse of a new narrative and intimate style that defined America. Jack Delano was born in Russia in 1914 and moved with his family to Philadelphia at the age of nine. Hired by the FSA in 1940 as an itinerant photographer, he was assigned in 1941 to the Virgin islands and Puerto Rico. After service during World War II, he returned to Puerto Rico on a Guggenheim fellowship to produce a book documenting conditions there. He continued to live and work on the island until his death in 1997.

About the Author(s)

Esmeralda Santiago is author of América’s Dream and is coeditor of Las Christmas: Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories