Drawing inspiration from the Great Depression collaboration between the US Farm Security Administration, photographers and documentarians, the non-profit collective Facing Change teamed up with the Library of Congress to capture America over 4th of July weekend.
Way back when, the FSA sent photographers across the country to document rural poverty and produced some of the most iconic images of that time. Facing Change has similar ambitions.
The Facing Change / Library of Congress collaboration allows the LOC to both archive and publish books based on Facing Change images. In a June press release, the Library wrote:
Facing Change was founded in 2009 by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers Anthony Suau and Lucian Perkins and is a contemporary counterpart to the work done in the 1930s and 1940s by photographers employed by the Farm Security Administration, a federal project that documented the experiences of Americans at all economic levels during the Great Depression and World War II…
…The collaborative agreement announced today will allow the Library to publish books based on the Facing Change images, which document numerous aspects of contemporary American life through photographs, sound and video files. The Library will begin by exploring born-digital archiving and preservation practices with the Facing Change photographers, building on experience gained through the Library’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
Last Fall, the New York Times Lens Blog profiled Facing Change, explaining at the time:
Facing Change will pay photographers a day rate and reimburse expenses. Whatever money comes in — from foundations, individuals or the sale of images — will go back into financing more projects, [the organization’s founder Anthony] Suau said. “Nobody is going to get rich,” he said. “We just sincerely believe that it is important to document what’s going on within the country.”
Above: 4th of July celebration at Coney Island Beach by Anthony Suau | Facing Change July 4 Slideshow.