Oral history interview with Ben Shahn, 1964 April 14
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969
Doud, Richard Keith
Stryker, Roy Emerson
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
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Transcript: 29 pages.
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 23 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Ben Shahn conducted 1964 April 14, by Richard K. Doud, for the Archives of American Art New Deal and the Arts Project.
Shahn speaks of his travels and work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA); the American image as portrayed by FSA photographs; techniques and materials; exhibitions and publications of his work; and the effectiveness of the FSA project overall. He recalls Roy Stryker, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Edwin Rosskam and Dorothea Lange.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ben Shahn, 1964 April 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available online.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was a painter and photographer from Roosevelt, N.J.
This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001