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Default History of America in hole-punched photos

To commemorate the 131st anniversary of the hole puncher.

a quirky subject for an article; I wish there were more photos



History of America in hole-punched photos | | Al Jazeera

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During the Great Depression that started from 1929, the US government decided to launch a project to portray the country's reality.
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The project, the largest government-sponsored photography project, involved sending photographers across the country to document social problems in the US.
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More than 150,000 photos were captured by photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Jack Delano, Gordon Parks, John Collier, Carl Mydans, Walker Evans and Marion Post Wolcott.
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Roy Stryker, the director of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documentary photograph programme, was the editor who was responsible for this project.


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Stryker was considered by many a ruthless photo editor who used to hole-punch images that he considered were not good enough or unnecessary.
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The decision to discard images was quick and troublesome for many.
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"Roy was a little bit dictatorial in his editing and he ruined quite a number of my pictures, which he stopped doing later. He used to punch a hole through a negative. Some of them were incredibly valuable," photographer Ben Shahn has been quoted saying.







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