An American Exodus. A Record of Human Erosion in the Thirties. Photographs by Dorothea Lange. Original text by Paul Schuster Taylor. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1969. Oblong quarto. Second revised and extended edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.
"Of all the photobooks stemming from the New Deal, and the FSA in particular, An American Exodus...is the most considered. Not only does it have the closest integration of text and image, but the whole book was compiled with scrupulous attention to the presentation of facts, without either hyperbole or undue rhetoric on the part of photographer or writer...Both she and Taylor seemed to have been acutely aware of piling on too much heart-wringing rhetoric. They have included just enough to make their sympathies clear, and to keep their audience engaged. This makes An American Exodus the most balanced of New Deal documentary books, and therefore a model for the genre."--from The Photobook by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger (p. 142). Also included in The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. A fantastic reprint!
Fine-/Fine-; trace of smudging to lower extremities; a few spots of foxing to jacket