small town: a pictorial look at 1940's rural America
I found a wonderful collection of photos in a storm stained crate of papers. I was helping a local woman sort through some things she had recovered from the debris after a 2007 tornado that destroyed her home and the town of Greensburg, Kansas.
The photos are interesting, well composed and deliberate, taken by a singular photographer over a five year period in the 1930's and 1940's. They are of friends, family, pets and homes. While they may not have the breadth or volume of the Disfarmer collection, they capture a similar era and a common story of the mid-west in the 30's and 40's.
Small town: a pictorial look at 1940's rural America is an 80-page hardcover fine art photo book that chronicles the Crescent Community, a now-forgotten community in southwestern Kansas. This intimate collection of snapshots spans the 1920's through the 1940's, in the midst of the Great Depression and The Dust Bowl. Limited to 500 copies.