Power farming displaces tenants from the land in the western dry cotton area. Childress County, Texas Panhandle

Dorothea Lange
Power farming displaces tenants from the land in the western dry cotton area. Childress County, Texas Panhandle
Image courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington
June 1938
LC-USF34- 018281-C

Mead 36, LC-USF34- 018281-C.tiff

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2 thoughts on “Power farming displaces tenants from the land in the western dry cotton area. Childress County, Texas Panhandle

  1. There’s something particularly haunting about this photograph. The bareness of the landscape, and the stark absence of features save the single house immediately sets it visually apart from much of the rest of the collection.

    Perhaps what makes it so captivating is the sense of loneliness it conveys. The emptiness of the fields, and the solitary abode seems to speak to the isolation of poverty in brutal fashion.

    Yet, for me, what makes this photograph so interesting is the real sense of contrast it captures. The humanity of the building is offset by the harshness of the terrain; the regular order of the land is upset by the centrality of the house; the deep greys of the land are counterpoised by the light hues of the sky.

    In an elegant, simple way this photo manages to capture the complex, ineffable, perplexing, and all too human aspects of poverty during the Great Depression – and in doing so speaks to the timeless contradictions of poverty.

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