A Photographic Portrait of Utah from the Great Depression to WWII, 1936-1942

July 2 – November 20, 2021

Step back in time to the Utah of a bygone era.

During the heart of the Great Depression, five of America’s most talented photographers came to Utah. During the next six years, they captured the shattered remnants of local farming and mining industries and the stalwart resolve of the people who bravely endured these grueling times. In Fields of Labor and Recovery, experience the powerful artistry of master photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Andreas Feininger, and John Vachon as they document the lives of Carbon County miners, Cache Valley farmers, children at play, and worshippers expressing their faith. These photographs will help you connect with the heritage of the land around you and the generations who came before.

See the photos for yourself in the Lower Level of the MOA or explore our virtual galleries of each of the five artists below.

Photography of Dorothea Lange (1895-1965):

Photography of Russell Lee (1903-1986):

Photography of Andreas Feininger (1906-1999):

Photography of Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985):

Photography of John Vachon (1914-1975):

This exhibition is Guest Curated by Dr. James Swensen, Associate Professor of Art History, Brigham Young University. Each of these photographs is made available by the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection.


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