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Oral history interview with Ben Shahn, 1964 April 14

view Oral history interview with Ben Shahn, 1964 April 14 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969
Interviewer:
Doud, Richard Keith
Subject:
Evans, Walker
Lange, Dorothea
Rosskam, Edwin
Rothstein, Arthur
Stryker, Roy Emerson
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project
United States. Farm Security Administration. Historical Section
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New Jersey
Physical Description:
Transcript: 29 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 23 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
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.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ben Shahn, 1964 April 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available online.
Funding:
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.
Biography Note:
Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was a painter and photographer from Roosevelt, N.J.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Documentary photography
Federal aid to the arts
Interviews
Painters
Photographers
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12760
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213825
AAA_collcode_shahn64
Theme:
Photography
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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