West Virginia University Press is hailing the publication of New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943, edited by Betty Rivard, with an exhibit featuring some of the photographs.

With a foreword by Carl Fleischhauer and an introduction by Jerry Bruce Thomas, this book presents images of the state’s northern and southern coalfields, the subsistence homestead projects of Arthurdale, Eleanor, and Tygart Valley, and various communities from Charleston to Clarksburg and Parkersburg to Elkins.

With more than 150 images by 10 Farm Security Administration photographers—including Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and Ben Shahn—this collection is a remarkable record of hardship, hope, endurance, and, above all, community. These photographs provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of West Virginians during the Great Depression and beyond.

An exhibit featuring more than 20 photographs from this book will be on display from Nov. 5-21, at the Nutting Gallery of WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center.

Betty Rivard is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer. Jerry Bruce Thomas is professor emeritus at Shepherd University. Carl Fleischhauer is a digital preservation specialist at the Library of Congress.

New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1934 can be purchased online at www.wvupress.com or by phoning (800) 621-2736. Learn more about this title and other WVU Press books at wvupress.com.

October 2012/240pp/158 b/w photos/Lithocase 978-1-933202-88-4/$29.99

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