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JOHN COLLIER Iconic FSA Train Ride 1942 vintage

Lot 4082 Details

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JOHN COLLIER. Picking up the Clay Section of the Special Train Carrying Agricultural Workers to Upper New York State, September 1942. 7.5x7.7" gelatin silver print on 10x8.1" paper. Printed c. 1942. Signed in pencil on print verso; inscribed in pencil: JWA216 / 841872 / 120886-111.

John Collier, Jr. (1913-1992) was best known for his use of photography as a method of anthropologic and ethnographic study. His 1967 book, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method, was one of the earliest visual anthropology textbooks and is still used today.

Born in Sparkill, N.Y., Collier, Jr. was the son of sociologist and famous American Indian Commissioner John Collier, spent his childhood split between New Mexico, staying with family friends in the Taos Indian Pueblo, and California, where he spent much of his time with painter Maynard Dixon, then married to Dorothea Lange. In 1941, likely due to Lange's influence, some of Collier's work came to the attention of Roy Stryker, who hired him for the Farm Security Administration. His employment there cemented his photography career, and he continued working with Stryker until 1946. Collier collaborated with his wife on several major projects for social scientist Alexander Leighton, who encouraged them to formalize methodologies for using photography in social science research. Their travels took them from the Maritimes of Canada to Peru, as Collier established visual anthropology as its own observational science. Although he is recognized as a talented photographer, his major accomplishment was truly his contribution to and work in visual anthropology.

Credit: https://20x200.com/collections/john-collier-jr
Condition
Good. Print surface shows wear, creases, abrasions and handling marks, corner/edge wear. 2.5" crease/tear near top left edge, 1/4" tear in left margin (center), pin hole in top margin.
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JOHN COLLIER Iconic FSA Train Ride 1942 vintage

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4082: JOHN COLLIER Iconic FSA Train Ride 1942 vintage

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Lot 4082 Details

Description
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JOHN COLLIER. Picking up the Clay Section of the Special Train Carrying Agricultural Workers to Upper New York State, September 1942. 7.5x7.7" gelatin silver print on 10x8.1" paper. Printed c. 1942. Signed in pencil on print verso; inscribed in pencil: JWA216 / 841872 / 120886-111.

John Collier, Jr. (1913-1992) was best known for his use of photography as a method of anthropologic and ethnographic study. His 1967 book, Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method, was one of the earliest visual anthropology textbooks and is still used today.

Born in Sparkill, N.Y., Collier, Jr. was the son of sociologist and famous American Indian Commissioner John Collier, spent his childhood split between New Mexico, staying with family friends in the Taos Indian Pueblo, and California, where he spent much of his time with painter Maynard Dixon, then married to Dorothea Lange. In 1941, likely due to Lange's influence, some of Collier's work came to the attention of Roy Stryker, who hired him for the Farm Security Administration. His employment there cemented his photography career, and he continued working with Stryker until 1946. Collier collaborated with his wife on several major projects for social scientist Alexander Leighton, who encouraged them to formalize methodologies for using photography in social science research. Their travels took them from the Maritimes of Canada to Peru, as Collier established visual anthropology as its own observational science. Although he is recognized as a talented photographer, his major accomplishment was truly his contribution to and work in visual anthropology.

Credit: https://20x200.com/collections/john-collier-jr
Condition
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Good. Print surface shows wear, creases, abrasions and handling marks, corner/edge wear. 2.5" crease/tear near top left edge, 1/4" tear in left margin (center), pin hole in top margin.

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