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The Dust Bowl: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry (SE): Photography

Photography During the Dust Bowl

Many of the most famous Dust Bowl images were taken by professional photographers employed by the government to document the destruction and poverty of the Dust Bowl. Today, these photographs serve as an important reminder of the suffering and resilience of the country during this environmental tragedy.  

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Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936
Arthur Rothstein, photographer
Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
 


Car driving over heavily eroded stream bed in Oklahoma, 1930s
U.S. Soil Conservation Service
Courtesy of Oklahoma State University Library, Special Collections & University Archives


Colorado dust storm, circa 1936
J.H. Ward, photographer
Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division