But that is where great things come from, big ideas. ( Log Out / It was the first time Americans saw each other’s faces and witnessed what life was like across the nation: north to south, east to west, rich and poor, black and white. Roy Stryker, who headed the photographic unit, “had a hunch” that the photographers working for him were producing pictures of more than temporary value. Today I give you a link to see some of the “shooting scripts”–the photo assignments from back then to the FSA photographers. 7. Documenting the Face of America is an opportunity to revisit an important time in the nation’s collective history in a deeply personal way and to inspire a new generation of documentary photographers to build on the traditions and passions of their predecessors, to continue to confront questions of truth with the camera. Beverly Brannon: Curator, Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. This unlikely group of photographers and artists was brought together by a fiery prairie populist and government bureaucrat named Roy Stryker. “If you could get all the work that Stryker was responsible for, you would see the face of America in the 1930s and ’40s that nobody has ever seen together,” said the late Gordon Parks. William Christenberry: Photographer, painter and sculptor. Sep 22, 2015 - Roy Stryker's shooting scripts for the FSA photographers His personal collection of papers and photographs is held by the University of Louisville, Special Collections Unit. ( Log Out / Credit: Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs. Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers. Roy Emerson Stryker: Director of the historical unit for the FSA/OWI (through excerpts from his letters and interview transcripts). Migratory Mexican field workers, photographed by Dorothea Lange. Gordon Parks (1912-2006): Photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. Published in newspapers and magazines from coast to coast, their powerful images helped transform popular opinion in a way that words and speeches never could. Roy Stryker Shooting Scripts; Roy Stryker Standard Oil; Roy Stryker Migrant Mother; Roy Ward Stryker; Roy Emerson Stryker Photography; Entity Index This is the list of all entities in this result page. At one point, the collection was under threat of destruction by the conservative congressional opponents of the time, who considered the photographs — which portrayed the heartbreak of the Dust Bowl era all the way through the forced relocation of Japanese-Americans at the outset of WWII — propaganda. Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers. Inspired by the vision and drive of Roy Stryker, this New FSA-inspired photography project was founded by Kenneth Wajda, a professional documentary photographer in Boulder, Colorado. Extraordinary times. Inspired by the vision and drive of Roy Stryker, this New FSA-inspired photography project was founded by Kenneth Wajda, a professional documentary photographer in Boulder, Colorado. As Stryker would later comment, “Our photographers had one thing in common, and that was a deep respect for human beings.”. David Kennedy: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Stanford University. What they captured, for the first time, was a complete picture of their countrymen in the context of a national identity. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This film brings to life the remarkable stories behind the legendary group of New Deal-sponsored photographers who captured the face of Depression-era America. Cloverleaf passes. Roy Stryker Shooting Script #3. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. âc¬«Ðe9 yfËÂöø© Ø((KG²¹Éª¸HEøEG¶Kä bcÁÛ±mt âsw?p7ä¿`e|¼ØGw[Ñ>|ìHÊ8[KÜØ#"µbÊÄ~e×¢;jYMÙ±ÔÖOpE4£. Sally Stein: Art historian, University of California, Irvine. After leaving the government in 1942, Stryker went on to amass another incredible collection of photographs for the Standard Oil Corporation. Create a website or blog at WordPress.com, Become a Roy Stryker Project Photographer, Thankful for Preserving History on this Thanksgiving, Our Photographers and Viewers, link to see some of the “shooting scripts”, Oktoberfest in McKinney Texas added to the Collection by Clinton Ausmus (TX), Berthoud Mobile Home Park Added by Kenneth Wajda (CO). It is a big idea to think that this project can grow to be as influential as the photographs from the FSA and the Roy Stryker era. That he was right was unforgettably demonstrated m igGs when the Museum of Modern A rt in New York held a show about the Depression called “The Bitter Years,” consisting entirely of FSA photographs. “Roy Stryker proved to me that you cannot photograph a bigot and say ‘this is a bigot’ because they have a way of looking just like everybody else. Highlighting the forgotten pieces of America’s collective history, Documenting the Face of America features on-camera interviews with FSA photographers Gordon Parks, Rondal Partridge and Louise Rosskam; acclaimed historians and scholars, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Kennedy and F. Jack Hurley; oral histories; archival footage; and detailed excerpts from the diaries and shooting scripts kept by Stryker and the photographers. Happy Thanksgiving to all our photographers and the viewers who peruse the gallery and see the project’s work. Migratory Mexican field workers, photographed by Dorothea Lange. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. These photos should show the fifteen-year-old driving too slowly under his father’s tutelage and the same boy two years later getting pulled over by a state trooper. Writing a Shooting Script Roy Stryker was extremely good at getting the best out of his photographers. Copyright 2020 - WXXI Public Broadcasting Council - FCC Public Files: U.S. Election: One local Native American voter weighs in on what’s at stake, Rally in Rochester to "Protect the Results", Republicans tout wins in state races; Democrats say not so fast, Voter turnout slightly down despite increase in mail-in votes, Monroe County reports another 130 new cases of COVID-19. Topics: Farm Security Administration Photographs, Indiana, Curriculum Activities, Roy Stryker, Shooting Scripts Keywords: Farm Security Administration Photographs ; Indiana ; Curriculum Activities ; Roy Stryker ; Shooting Scripts Abstract: This curriculum activity has students write their own detailed shooting scripts based on the ones written by Roy Stryker for FSA photographers. ( Log Out / Still recognized today, Dorothea Lange’s haunting photograph of the “Migrant Mother” remains one of the most famous images of all time. Watch WXXI-TV Live, WXXI-TV 21, World, Create, Kids 24/7, City 12, Second Opinion, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Arts InFocus, All WXXI Productions, WXXI News, Classical 91.5, WRUR , WITH (Ithaca), WXXY (Houghton), WEOS (Geneva), Reachout Radio, Students, Kids, Parents, Teachers, Adult Education, myWXXI, Membership, Corporate Sponsorship, Planned Giving, Volunteer, Vehicle Donation. What the camera had to do was expose the evils of racism, the evils of poverty, the discrimination and the bigotry by showing the people who suffered most under it.” – Gordon Parks. Ordinary people. WXXI World. But the photographs were controversial and the agency under constant attack. Bernarda Shahn: Artist and widow of artist and FSA photographer Ben Shahn. Introducing America to Americans | An FSA-Inspired Documentary Photography Book Project & Archives for the Library of Congress Created by Kenneth Wajda. Mon, 08/30/2010 - 7:00pm. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Click an entity to go directly to the entity box. From 1935 to 1943, these artists changed not only the course of photography, but the way Americans related to the plight of their countrymen. Collecting documentary photographs from across the U.S., the project’s goal is to document the rural and urban lifestyle in the U.S. eighty years after the first FSA photography collection was started for a book project and eventual contribution to the Library of Congress.