Marion Post Wolcott Photograph

Photo of young
boy in log cabin doorway
Old mountain cabin made of hand hewn logs near Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky
September 1940
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs, LC-USF34-55829-D

A reproduction of this photograph can also be found in the microfiche collection, America 1935-1946. The FSA/OWI Photographs: South Fiche 120, B-11.

As can be seen, the original photograph shows a larger view of the log cabin than does the somewhat cropped image used in Card 13-B. The original photo has the effect of making the young boy appear smaller and less significant. The cropped and enlarged print used by the TAT focuses the attention of the observer on the child and makes it easier to relate to the boy.

When the photograph was published by U.S. Camera--1942 the following caption note was added. "On special assignment for the Farm Security Administration, Mrs. Wolcott photographed this boy as typical of the isolation and meager living of the residents of Breathitt County (Kentucky)." (Maloney, 1941, p. 78)


          America 1935-1946. The FSA/OWI photographs: South fiche. (1984). [Microfiche]. Teaneck, NJ: Chadwyck-Healy Ltd.

          Maloney, T. J. (Ed.). (1941). U. S. Camera--1942. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce.