Viewing Room Main Site
Skip to content

The photographs taken under assignment from the Farm Security Administration have long been icons of documentary photography. Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Arthur Rothstein’s Dust Storm, Cimarron County, and much of Walker Evans​' seminal work later collected in American Photographs, were all products of the FSA and have each defined the period in their own inimitable way. 

 

The FSA represents a high watermark of socially engaged art. With the Great Depression raging in the 1930’s and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s sweeping legislative action​s, collectively known as the New Deal, attempting to stop the economic freefall and to revitalize the country at one and the same time, artists were called upon to act as public servants.

Grid View 1

Walker Evans  Construction Worker, Louisiana, 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Walker Evans

Construction Worker, Louisiana, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Titled, dated, and numeric annotations in pencil, and two Lunn Archive "Walker Evans" stamps on print verso.
$16,000.00

Inquire
Walker Evans  Laura Minnie Lee Tengle, Hale County, Alabama, 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936 5 7/8 x 7 1/2 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Walker Evans

Laura Minnie Lee Tengle, Hale County, Alabama, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
5 7/8 x 7 1/2 inches

Mounted.
Provenance: A gift from the photographer to editor Frances Strunsky Collins and by descent to the present owner.

 

SOLD

Walker Evans  Penny Picture Display, Savannah, 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936 8 x 6 3/4 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Walker Evans

Penny Picture Display, Savannah, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
8 x 6 3/4 inches
Mounted. ”Photographer's Window of Penny Portraits, Birmingham, Alabama” printed on mount recto.
Provenance: Collection of Roy Stryker to Nancy Wood (author of ”In This Proud Land”) to Andrew Smith Gallery to Howard Greenberg Gallery.
 

SOLD

Ben Shahn  Pushcart for Paper, NY, 1932-35 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1932-35 6 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Ben Shahn

Pushcart for Paper, NY, 1932-35
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1932-35
6 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
"Photograph by Ben Shahn, Mrs. Ben Shahn" in pencil on print recto.
$12,000.00

Inquire
Ben Shahn, Sharecropper's children on Sunday, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1935 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1935 7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Ben Shahn

Sharecropper's children on Sunday, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1935
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1935
7 5/8 x 9 5/8 inches
Provenance: From the Collection of Arnold Newman.
$15,000.00

Inquire
Ben Shahn  Child of Fortuna Family, Hammond, Louisiana, October 1935 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1935 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Ben Shahn

Child of Fortuna Family, Hammond, Louisiana, October 1935
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1935
7 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
Typed title and date, F.S.A./Shahn credit stamp and F.S.A. return stamp on print verso.
$12,000.00

Inquire
Peter Sekaer  Negro Barbershop Interior, Atlanta, 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, howard greenberg gallery, 2020

Walker Evans

Negro Barbershop Interior, Atlanta, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Mounted. Title and date in pencil, and annotated "Walker Evans" and "Willard Van Dyke" in ink on mount verso.

 

SOLD

Peter Sekaer  Macon, Georgia, 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches, howard greenberg gallery, 2020

Peter Sekaer

Macon, Georgia, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
7 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches
Signed and dated by Christina Sekaer in pencil on print verso.
$9,000.00

Inquire
Peter Sekaer  Pearlstine Alley, Charleston, South Carolina, c.1939  Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939 6 5/8 x 9 inches, howard greenberg gallery, 2020

Peter Sekaer

Pearlstine Alley, Charleston, South Carolina, c.1939

Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939
6 5/8 x 9 inches
Signed and dated by Christina Sekaer in pencil on print verso.
$7,500.00

Inquire

Slideshow 1

Dorothea Lange  Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936 Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later  10 x 8 1/8 inches each

Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later
 10 x 8 1/8 inches each
Reproduced from the Collections of the Library of Congress" stamp, with title, date, credit, and annotations in pencil on print verso.
$50,000.00

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later
 10 x 8 1/8 inches each
Reproduced from the Collections of the Library of Congress" stamp, with title, date, credit, and annotations in pencil on print verso.
$50,000.00

 

detail

Dorothea Lange  Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936 Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later  10 x 8 1/8 inches each

Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later
 10 x 8 1/8 inches each
Reproduced from the Collections of the Library of Congress" stamp, with title, date, credit, and annotations in pencil on print verso.
$50,000.00

 

detail

Dorothea Lange  Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936 Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later  10 x 8 1/8 inches each

Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later
 10 x 8 1/8 inches each
Reproduced from the Collections of the Library of Congress" stamp, with title, date, credit, and annotations in pencil on print verso.
$50,000.00

 

detail

Dorothea Lange  Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936 Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later  10 x 8 1/8 inches each

Dorothea Lange

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936
Set of 4 Gelatin silver prints; printed later
 10 x 8 1/8 inches each
Reproduced from the Collections of the Library of Congress" stamp, with title, date, credit, and annotations in pencil on print verso.
$50,000.00

 

detail

Grid View 2

Dorothea Lange  Filipinos Cutting Lettuce, Salinas, California, 1935 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1964 14 3/4 x 14 5/8 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Dorothea Lange

Filipinos Cutting Lettuce, Salinas, California, 1935
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1964
14 3/4 x 14 5/8 inches
Mounted. "No. 164" in pencil on mount verso.
$32,000.00

Inquire
Dorothea Lange  Greek migratory woman living in a cotton camp near Exeter, California., c.1935 Gelatin silver print, printed c.1935 7 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Dorothea Lange

Greek migratory woman living in a cotton camp near Exeter, California., c.1935
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1935
7 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches
Titled in pencil and ink with notations in pencil, and Resettlement Administration Credit stamp on print verso.
$12,000.00

Inquire
Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline, San Francisco, 1933

Dorothea Lange

White Angel Breadline, San Francisco, 1933
Gelatin silver printed; printed 1950s
13 x 10 1/8 inches
Photographer's stamp and annotations in pencil on print verso.

 

SOLD

Russell Lee  Untitled (men lying on stacks of wooden planks on boat), c.1937 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1937 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Russell Lee

Untitled, c.1937
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1937
9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
"11798 M5" on print verso.
$9,000.00

Inquire
Russell Lee  Untitled, 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936 8 3/16 x 4 3/4 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Russell Lee

Untitled, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
8 3/16 x 4 3/4 inches
Mounted. Signed and dated in pencil on print verso.
$7,500.00

Inquire
Russell Lee  Untitled (Floods Kill Hundreds...), 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed .c 1936 7 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Russell Lee

Untitled, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed .c 1936
7 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches
Mounted. Signed and dated in pencil on mount.
$9,000.00

Inquire
Arthur Rothstein  Flood Victim, Missouri, 1938 Gelatin silver print; printed 1981 14 x 11 inches, Howard greenberg gallery, 2020

Arthur Rothstein

Flood Victim, Missouri, 1938
Gelatin silver print; printed 1981
14 x 11 inches
From an edition of 50
Signed in pencil with publisher's blindstamp on print recto.
$2,500.00

Inquire
Arthur Rothstein  Dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936 Gelatin silver print; printed later 24 x 20 inches, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2020

Arthur Rothstein

Dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed later
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil on print recto. "Arthur Rothstein Photograph from the collection of Grace Rothstein" stamp in ink on print verso.
$6,500.00

Inquire
Arthur Rothstein  Sugar Beet before Topping, Adams County, Colorado, 1939 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches, Howard Greenberg gallery, 2020

Arthur Rothstein

Sugar Beet before Topping, Adams County, Colorado, 1939
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939
9 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches
Titled and dated in type, FSA stamp with photographer's credit, and ”28746D” in pencil on print verso.
$4,000.00

Inquire
Arthur Rothstein  Eroded land on tenant's farm, Walker County, Alabama, 1937 Gelatin silver print; printed c.1937 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches, Howard greenberg gallery, 2020

Arthur Rothstein

Eroded land on tenant's farm, Walker County, Alabama, 1937
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1937
7 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
F.S.A./Rothstein credit stamp and annotation "Erosion - Ala." in unknown hand in pencil on print verso.
$7,000.00

Inquire
Gordon Parks  American Gothic, Washington, D.C., 1942 Gelatin silver print; printed later, howard greenberg gallery, 2020

Gordon Parks

American Gothic, Washington, D.C., 1942
Gelatin silver print; printed later

20 x 16 inches
Signed in pencil on print verso.
$30,000.00

Inquire
Marion Post-Wolcott, Unemployed coal miner's daughter carrying home can of kerosene, company housing, Scotts Run, W. Va., 1938

Marion Post-Wolcott

Unemployed coal miner's daughter carrying home can of kerosene, company housing, Scotts Run, W. Va., 1938
Gelatin silver print; printed 1977
11 x 14 inches
Signed in pencil on print recto. Signed, titled, dated, print date, and annotations in pencil on print verso.
 

 

SOLD

From the program’s earliest days as the Historical Section, a department within the Information Division of the Resettlement Administration, the FSA’s mandate was to educate the public and elected officials about the dire conditions of poverty affecting millions, in order to then make the case for resettling hundreds of thousands of people to more fertile land. The work by these photographers was an instrumental part of moving public opinion and bringing to light just how severely the Depression was eroding standards of living across the country.

 

We look forward to bringing this exhibition to our gallery walls once normal business operations resume.