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The Great Depression's Knockout Punch

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From 1935 to 1943, Farm Security Administration director Roy E. Stryker sent photographers out across the United States to document the Great Depression. Stryker ruled the program with an iron fist, delivering a knockout punch to tens of thousands of negatives he deemed unworthy of publication. To ensure the rejected photographs would remain unseen, Stryker punched a hole in the negative and classified the image as "killed" -- to be filed away and forgotten. For his video Killed Los Angeles-based artist William E. Jones pored over the "unusable" images at the Library of Congress and edited together a montage of Depression-era America originally deemed unfit for publication. Killed is on display at Gallery 301 of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314- 721-0072 or www.slam.org) along with three photographs that were accepted by Stryker and survived the FSA project unpunched. The exhibit remains on display through Sunday, April 28, and the museum is open every day except Monday. Admission is free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 8. Continues through April 28, 2013

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