Carl Mydans

IN THE SHADOW OF THE CAPITOL

Photographs by Carl Mydans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration,
September 1935 (Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information
Collection, Library of Congress)
Edited and with text by Tom Clark

“That ominous roominghouse-stairway interior, when I found it, became the
signal that keyed this image search (for America, was it?).  Having
discovered that shot, and reflecting then upon the dark inner-sanctum
descent it suggested, I went through the original Mydans “Lots” (the image
groups — over a thousand images have survived in these scattered sets of
“Lots”, preserved in the archive in random fashion, so that the ordering
as we now have it represents my own editing selection and sequencing
plan); one thing led to another, and…”  – Tom Clark, IN THE SHADOW OF
THE CAPITOL

Carl Mydans (1907-2004) is best known as a photojournalist. He began
reporting and taking pictures part-time for the Boston Globe and Boston
Herald while still a Boston University undergraduate. Not long after
taking the photos in this book for the U.S. Resettlement Administration,
he went to work for Life magazine, joining Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred
Eisenstaedt, Peter Stackpole and Thomas McAvoy as staff photographers
there. Mydans won an international name for himself with his war
photography in Asia. His photos of the effects of Japanese bombing in
Chungking became widely known.

Designed by Yanni Florence

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