Men watching the Salvation Army, San Francisco, California, USA, April 1939.
© Library of Congress / Science & Society Picture Library
Men in suits pausing to watch the Salvation Army. Mechanisation in farming meant that thousands of farm workers became unemployed, causing widespread poverty. Photograph taken by Dorothea Lange when working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) as part of Roosevelt's New Deal. The FSA produced some of the most remarkable social documentary photographs of the 20th century in their attempt to produce an encyclopaedic record of American life between 1935 and 1944, employing such photographers as Dorothea Lange, Jack Delano and Ben Shahn.