PUL acquires photographs documenting life in migrant camps, immigrant communities, and low-income areas across U.S. in 1968

Posted: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 - 8:58am

Photograph in series

Photograph in collection.


 

Written by Jessica Terekhov, graduate student in the Department of English

The work of 16 known photographers is represented in a series of 73 photographs documenting poverty across America in April/May 1968, recently acquired by the Graphic Arts Collection. The images, which were presumably commissioned for a Time Magazine issue on “Poverty in America: Its Cause and Extent” (May 17, 1968), illustrate rural and urban life in migrant camps, immigrant communities, and low-income areas from California to New York. Featured states include Texas, Kentucky, Florida, Alaska, Michigan, and Missouri, with a number of pictures taken in Greenville, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee.

READ MORE about the collection on the Graphic Arts Collection blog.

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