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John Vachon

American photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
In 1936, Vachon was hired as a file clerk by the Farm Security Administration, a government agency headed by Roy Stryker that employed photographers to document the effects of the depression on rural farming areas. From 1940 to 1942, he worked at the F.S.A. as a junior photographer. From 1942 to 1943, Vachon worked as a photographer for the United States Office of War Information, Washington D.C. From 1943 to 1944, and again from 1947 to 1948, Vachon worked as a photographer under Roy Stryker on the Standard Oil Project, New Jersey. From 1948 to 1971, Vachon worked as a staff photographer for Look magazine, New York City. From 1971 to 1975, Vachon worked as a freelance photographer in New York City.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500036523.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to John Vachon:

John Vachon Ozark Farm Children, Missouri, 1940 Gelatin silver print
John Vachon Flag Day, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1941 Gelatin silver print
John Vachon Front Porch, Elgin, Illinois, 1941 Gelatin silver print
John Vachon Porch on the Fourth of July, ca. 1940-1941 (printed ca. 1979) Gelatin silver print
John Vachon North Dakota (Workers in Front of a Farm Building), ca. 1938 Gelatin silver print
John Vachon Traveling Salesman in Hotel Lobby, Elkins, W. Va., 1939 (printed late 20th century) Gelatin silver print
John Vachon Riding to Bring in Cattle before a Blizzard, Lyman County, South Dakota, 1940 (printed late 20th century) Gelatin silver print
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