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The family is the fundamental unit of all civilizations. I would argue that the photo presented here, “Young Lovers“, is representative of this concept. Taken on Independence Day (July 4, 1922) on Balboa Beach, Newport Beach California it is an image that is easily understood for those who came into adulthood living near the seashore. We have presented it here in the original sepia tone as we believe it enhances the period of the 1920s when many photos were reproduced in sepia. See more images from our People collection.



A significant image is one that tells a story.  It displays more than what is obvious at first glance.  It makes you think.  Such images have staying power long after the initial viewing, and reside in our deep unconscious memory.  Some become iconic of which a fine example is the “Flag Raising on Iwo Jima” taken by Joe Rosenthal on Mt. Suribachi.  And so we at DPI try to select only the best of photojournalism and documentary photography that communicates more of a story to the viewer.  Above we present “Kentucky – 1938”.  If all you see in this image is an old, wrecked car we think that you are missing the point. There are clues everywhere in photos if you know how to find them and discover their meaning. The license plate is visible as giving the year 1938. If it were sitting in a junkyard for years the plate would have been removed long ago. This is Appalachia after all, and this car was on the road during a most interesting period of American history, the Great Depression. So you have to wonder was this car used by moonshiners running from the authorities? Perhaps it was used by bank robbers such as George “Baby Face” Nelson or John Dillinger. Maybe it was used by government agents or maybe it was simply used by ordinary folks and rests comfortably as a victim of the times. We will never know for sure.

The stern looking woman in this photo we call “Hendricks, West Virginia c.1910” may have had a good reason for her mood. Upon closer inspection we can see what appears to be the remnants of a black eye on her right cheek and eyelid. There are clues everywhere if you take the time to look for them. Putting all of the pieces together to determine date, location and circumstances is the challenge.  index999.php


Turning to Appalachia once more, the photo below we call “Trouble in Appalachia”. Taken in southwestern Virginia in 1934, this unhappy couple is stopped by Walkers Mountain. The nature of their unhappiness is unknown, of course, but you would expect people stopping at an overlook and having their picture taken would be having a happy moment. Perhaps the car broke down. Perhaps they ran out of money or gas. Perhaps they just heard some bad news. Whatever is going on they seem to be shunning each other. A simple marital spat? An ongoing issue? We can only speculate, but there is more going on here than meets the eye.

Travelers seem to be having issues.

Travelers seem to be having issues.

Credit Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration photographer.


There are some images that affect our very soul, and so we search for contemporary equivalents in our subconscious. Above is “Pulaski County, Arkansas (1935)” taken by the great Farm Security Administration photographer Ben Shahn. This photo is in the Library of Congress. Shahn had an exceptional photographer’s eye especially when it came to documenting people. Below, we present “Migrant Field Workers”; Illinois c.1939. The photographer is unknown. This scene immediately evoked memory of Shahn’s Pulaski County taken in an Arkansas cotton field. Perhaps scenes of migrant workers in a tomato patch are a bit less intense. See more images in our 1930s collection.

Illinois c.1939 Field workers in the tomato patch. Date is approximate; true date unknown. (f/16, 1/100).

Illinois c.1939 Field workers in the tomato patch. Date is approximate; true date unknown. (f/16, 1/100).

Rohingya Muslim children, who live in Malaysia, in class at School of Rohingya in Kuala Lumpur January 31, 2013. According to Amnesty International, the Rohingya people have continued to suffer from human rights violations under the Burmese junta since 1978, and many have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. DPI/Samsul Said.


The Rohingya identify themselves as a Muslim ethnic group living in western Myanmar. Buddhists in Myanmar call them Bengalis and demand that the name Rohingya be stricken from public discourse. The Rohingya have been discriminated for some time and as a result have fled, in some cases, to neighboring countries. For the Rohingya this is their personal diaspora.
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The images selected for the “Best of DPI – Spring 2016” were based on viewers’ selections. A wide range of documentary images cover life in America during the Great Depression. Several of these photos are in the same style of some of the most influential photographers in American history.
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EARTH DAY – 1970

The first Earth Day was held in New York City on April 22, 1970. We are fortunate to have this collection of images taken by Len Alberici of West Babylon, N. Y. To learn more about the significance of Earth Day please see:
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DPI recently acquired a collection of photos which also included letters written to Len Alberici of West Babylon, N. Y. from soldiers attached to the 25th Infantry Division in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War in 1967-1968. From reading these letters it became evident that this was a close knit group of friends who one by one went off to serve their country.
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Pouch barn paintings were most common in Ohio during the early part of the 20th century. Painted on the side of barns and visible from passing roads were advertisements for Mail Pouch Tobacco. Farmers were paid a fee for the use of their barns in the advertisement of the tobacco. Nature abhors a vacuum and so these painted barn advertisements performed the same function as billboards at far less of a cost.
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