Monday, May 07, 2018

Killed Negatives - Black Holes Of Censorship


Between 1935 and 1944 photos were commissioned by the Information Division of the U.S. Farm Security Administration that aimed to capture the life of of the country during the depression era. They ended up providing a heavily sanitized view of rural America because many of the photos were clearly staged. Others, referred to as "killed negatives," were censored. These had large holes punched out of them to prevent them from being reused. Thousands were destroyed but some survived and will be on display at the Whitechapel Gallery in London From May 16 through August 26.

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