Yale Project Makes 170,000 Depression-Era Photos Searchable with Interactive Database
“Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Mother, pictured above, is just one of the roughly 170,000 photographs taken between 1935 and 1945 for a project commissioned by theUnited State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).
All of those photos are currently being stored in the Library of Congress, but a dedicated team from Yale University is looking to revitalize this invaluable collection of photographs by organizing them, pairing them up, and explaining how these images and photographers came together to create the most comprehensive looks at America following the Great Depression and into the early years of WWII.
The resulting project is called Photogrammar, and it’s one of the most beautiful and comprehensive conglomerations of visuals and information you’re ever likely to stumble across.
Using interactive maps, dashboards and even color wheels, Photogrammar and its accompanying ‘Labs’ projects provide a visual hierarchy of information that brings the almost 80-year-old project back to life.”