Cotton Sharecroppers. Greene County, Georgia. They produce little, sell little, buy little
Notes: In this Lange image, a man and woman, both African American, stand in a field holding hoes or other farming implements. Lange took this image while working for the Resettlement Administration and the Farm Security Administration (two WPA agencies). The most famous image from this period in her career is Migrant Mother, the iconic Depression-era photograph.
Lange's images from this era often have descriptive names rather than titles, and they have changed over time. This one is called "Cotton Sharecroppers"... on the Library of Congress website; "Greene County, Georgia" is written in pencil on the back (verso) of this photograph.
At the time she took this photograph, Lange was working for the federal government and so the negatives belonged to her employer. For decades they have been on deposit at the Library of Congress and for many years, anyone could ask the library to make prints from the negatives. In this case, the negative (as indicated on the back of the photograph), is LC-USF342-T01-017335; the library website's negative number is slightly different, with the second section reading USF34.
Image, 7-5/16 by 8-15/16 inches on 8-by-10 inch sheet.
Edition + Condition: A fine print, with notes about the negative used in pencil. With a faint two-line blue Library of Congress stamp.
Prints from the Library of Congress are hard to date, but I suspect these are from the late 1970s or early 1980s.
Publication: Washington, DC: Library of Congress, (1937 but printed ca. 1980?).
Item No: #361975