• Marion Post Wolcott (American, 1910–1990), Coal Miner’s Child Carrying Home Can of Kerosene, Scotts Run, West Virginia. 1938 (printed 1977). Gelatin silver print, 9 x 12 in. Crocker Art Museum purchase, 1979.5.19.
    Dust Bowl. Home. Land.
    Depression-era Photography from the Crocker’s Permanent Collection
    March 01, 2020 — August 01, 2020

American photographers captured life, both the complicated and quiet moments of everyday existence, during the Great Depression and the country’s efforts to rebuild.

Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940), Mountaineer, Eastern Kentucky, Cooking Bacon, Drought. 1931. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer, 2019.70.25.
Arthur Rothstein (American, 1915–1985), Dust Bowl Farm. ca. 1936–1940. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Collins, 1982.61.
Brett Weston (American, 1911–1993), Dunes. 1947. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Margaret W. Weston, 2019.81.3.
Peter Stackpole (American, 1913–1997), In Deep Contemplation. 1935. Gelatin silver print, 6 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer, 2018.104.18.

The Crocker’s photography collection offers visitors an opportunity to see the development of photographic processes over time and simultaneously provides points of connection between viewers today and the challenges and successes of life over three centuries. Throughout the collection there is a focus on the human condition and the human experience, and many works present views into the ways individuals interact with each other and their environment.

On view in the new photography space on the Museum's third floor, near the Contemporary galleries, is a selection of photographs that show the land, homes, and life of Depression-era America. Gelatin silver prints by famed artists Brett Weston, Lewis Hine, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and Peter Stackpole represent a cross-section of the Crocker’s collection of more than 1,000 photographs. As a series, these photos reference the Dust Bowl, New Deal, photojournalism, and the ways in which artists shaped popular magazines such as LIFE, Look, and Parade.

This new dedicated photography space will display selections from our permanent photography collection, refreshed every six months, so be sure to visit often.

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