Photos: Carl Mydans - Part 1 - Bio - Links

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Carl Mydans - Bedroom of relief family, Hamilton County, Ohio, 1935

 Carl Mydans - Drying jars at canning time. A house purchased for the Lake of the Ozarks project. Missouri 1936

Carl Mydans - Fair talk Albany Vermont 1936

Carl Mydans - Homeschooling Westmoreland Homesteads Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania 1936

Carl Mydans - Homestead children coming home from chool Decatur Homesteads Indiana 1936

Carl Mydans - Junk with living quarters close by. Milwaukee Wisconsin 1936

Carl Mydans - Marketplace in the French Quarters+of New Orleans New Orleans 1936

Carl Mydans - Mydan - Fair day Morrisville Vermont 1936

Carl Mydans - Negro family in subdivision Franklin Township near Lincoln Highway Bound Brook New Jersey 1936

Carl Mydans - Old horseless carriage at gasoline station near Lost River New Hampshire 1936

Carl Mydans - Old Vermont carriage and farm family near North Hyde Park Vermont 1936

Carl Mydans - Packing tomatoes for market at small packing depot at Terry Mississippi 1936

Carl Mydans (May 20, 1907 – August 16, 2004) was an American photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration and Life magazine.


Mydans grew up playing on the Mystic River near Medford, near Boston, Massachusetts. His father was an oboist.

Mydans became devoted to photography while in college at Boston University. While working on the Boston University News he abandoned childhood dreams of being a surgeon or a boat builder in favor of journalism.[1] His first reporting jobs were for The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. After college, he went to New York as a writer for American Banker and then in 1935 to Washington to join a group of photographers in the Farm Security Administration. There he worked with other photographers like Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn to document the conditions of the American rural workers.[2]

In 1935, he traveled throughout New England and America's South, documenting the end of a rural-based economy, and gained a measure of renown for his images of bedraggled Arkansas farmers and their families. It was the Great Depression, and the poorest of America's poor were devastated by the economic downturn. "One picture, of a Tennessee family living in a hut built on an abandoned truck chassis, portrays the misery of the times," noted Mydans' Times of London obituary, "as starkly as any photographs by his more celebrated contemporaries."

In 1936, he joined Life as one of its earliest staff photographers (Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Thomas McAvoy and Peter Stackpole were the original staff photographers) and a pioneering photojournalist.

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