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Omen. Phantasmagoria at the Farm Security Administration Archive 1935-1944

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The visual sequence of this book defies the norms by creatively cropping images from the Farm Security Administration archives (1935-1944) of the New York Public Library.

Lucy Ives, the acclaimed American writer and poet, has masterfully written the captivating text of Omen. Ives has established herself as one of the leading voices in the contemporary literary world, with numerous critically acclaimed publications.

Chasing the ghost, the traces of oblivion, and the echoes of what was and is no more, Omen represents a revision and recontextualization of a portion of the Farm Security Administration photographic archive (1935-1944) housed at the New York Public Library. This program stood out as one of the landmarks of modern documentary photography and played a pivotal role in constructing a hegemonic narrative-primarily around triumph against adversity, division, and catastrophe-of recent American history and its social order.  But by emphasizing the gaze on that monumental set of images and exploring the corners of the pictures, the backgrounds and the details-in the secondary characters, in what should not be there, in what appears by chance, accident or mistake-it is possible to discover a different narrative: one that is thicker, murkier, turbulent, complex, contemporary and contradictory. Like an outburst and an apex: a premonition of the genealogical continuity of the multiple systemic, tumultuous, visible and invisible, thunderous and silent violences that shape the face of American society.

The book functions simultaneously as a reflection of the distressing reality of the United States today and as an instrument of reflection on how historical and documentary photography is interpreted and understood.

Omen. Phantasmagoria at the Farm Security Administration Archive 1935-1944

ISBN: 978-84-19233-10-3

Author: Farm Security Administration

Photographers: Russell Lee, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Gordon Parks, Jack Delano
Design: León Muñoz Santini
Texts: Russell Lee, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans, Arthur Rothstein, Gordon Parks, Jack Delano
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Images: 117
Dimensions: 23.5 x 33.5 cm / 9.2 x 13.2 in
Language: English
Year of publication: 2024

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2024-07-02

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