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Color Blind, the Blog

Hard Times 1

Color Blind takes place in Depression-battered North Dakota, which makes the building of Neil Churchill's semipro baseball team all the more remarkable. The state got beaten to its knees by drought, farm foreclosures, and a multi-year invasion of grasshoppers.

Arthur Rothstein, who later became director of photography for Look magazine, worked for the Farm Security Administration during the 1930s. His job was to document despair. Rothstein's keen sense of composition already was finely honed, evidence this picture of an abandoned farm outside the town of Beach, North Dakota.

photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
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