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Photo: Jim Norris and his wife. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940 by Russell Lee.

These homesteaders look so solid that the edges of their hats seem to slice into the sky.


Photo: Faro and Doris Caudill, homesteaders. Pie Town, New Mexico, October 1940 by Russell Lee.

Most people are familiar with brilliant images shot by the Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange (“Migrant Mother”), but few today would recognize the name or images captured during the late 1930s and early 1940s by Russell Lee, her colleague in the Farm Security Administration (FSA).

Lee finds the humanity in everything — even inanimate objects. His work is widely available for free on the Internet — on the Library of Congress website and at Wikimedia Commons.

I also recently discovered an affordable (currently $12.95 on Amazon) book of his photography — Fields of Vision: The Photgraphs of Russell Lee: The Library of Congress by Nicholas Lemann.