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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: D Giles Ltd (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904832393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904832393
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 1.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,606,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Lemann has published five books, most recently Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War (2006). He has written extensively for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Slate and American Heritage and has worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., Frontline, the Discovery Channel, and the BBC. Timothy Egan is a national enterprise reporter for The New York Times. In 2001, he was part of a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's series exploring racial attitudes across contemporary America. He is the author of four books, including The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2006), which won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 2006. Francine Prose is the author of 13 books of fiction, including the novel Blue Angel(2001), a finalist for the National Book Award and The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists they Inspired (2003). A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, she was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

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By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2012
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Russell Lee was the workhorse of the FSA. His boss at the FSA, Roy Stryker, was so impressed with his professionalism and creativity that he was allowed to shoot what he wanted and in his own time, too. The fifty photos in this little book are a good sampling of Lee's huge output while he worked at the FSA. They cover the years 1938 to 1942 with photos from across the US. Included are five, in color, from Pie Town, New Mexico, The Library of Congress has over six hundred from this 1940 assignment and it's probably the largest number of photos from one place. I'm surprised that these haven't been published in a book though thirty-three are included in Nancy Wood's 1989 Heartland New Mexico: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration, 1935-1943.

Like the other books in this fascinating series the photos are presented with a simple layout and printed with a 175 screen. The essay for this book is by Nicholas Lemann.
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By Mr Rugged on 16 Jun. 2011
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This is a simple, stunning book of the American way of life in the 30's and early 40's and worth every penny. All too often Russell Lee is overlooked for his work, particularly with the Farm Security Administration which sponsored much of it, by the likes of Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. Because of this example are hard to find and the Library of Congress makes up for this with this publication which demonstrates very well the contribution that Lee has made to American photography. He complements the work of fellow FSA photographers and leads the way that Robert Frank followed with The Americans years later.
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Russell Lee 9 Sept. 2012
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Russell Lee was the workhorse of the FSA. His boss at the FSA, Roy Stryker, was so impressed with his professionalism and creativity that he was allowed to shoot what he wanted and in his own time, too. The fifty photos in this little book are a good sampling of Lee's huge output while he worked at the agency. They cover the years 1938 to 1942 with photos from across the US. Included are five, in color, from Pie Town, New Mexico, The Library of Congress has over six hundred from this 1940 assignment and it's probably the largest number of FSA photos from one place. I'm surprised that these haven't been published in a book though thirty-three are included in Nancy Wood's 1989 book: Heartland New Mexico: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration, 1935-1943

Like the other books in this fascinating series the photos are presented with a simple layout and printed with a 175 screen. The essay for this book is by Nicholas Lemann.
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An Under-appreciated Photographer 10 Feb. 2012
By Richard J. Naylor - Published on Amazon.com
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That Russell Lee does not occupy a higher rung in the Pantheon of photographers is probably a quirk of how fame works and because his personality lent itself to accepting a second tier status. But, his photography, during his most productive years, has a special spark that merits more. This series from the Library of Congress puts together a nice selection of his work and includes a helpful introduction to Lee's life and personality. Recommended.
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Great series! 5 Aug. 2012
By samantha n - Published on Amazon.com
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I've reviewed just about every one of the books from this series and this one is no different in how great a representation of this artist it is. Russell Lee was one of the best of the FSA group. Highly recommend the entire series!
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