Original 8x10 silver gelatin print by the noted Dustbowl Depression Era photographer J.W. McManigal (1892-1970, worked from circa 1934 to 1963) who though working as an agricultural photographer, is known for chronicling the area around his home town of Horton, Kansas during the 1930s and 40s. In 1974 a book of his photos "Farm Town: A Memoir of the 1930's" was published. 10 of his photos also illustrated the WPA Guide to Kansas (1939); in 1950 Popular Photography printed a feature on his works entitled "Pattern maker" (July, 1950) and his article "Composition in the Dark Room" appeared in the Feb 1947 issue. This photo shows 2 farmers in conversation while leaning on a fence. It's not hard to imagine they are attending the dispersal auction of an unlucky fellow farmer. It's signed on the back with the photographer's stamp. The photo is in excellent condition with some corner creases not affecting the image and completely covered by the mat. Matted and framed in a recent dark brown wooden 13" by 16" frame with a reduced size scan of the back of the print on the back of the frame showing the various marks and signature. Exact age is unknown, but McManigal retired from photography in 1963, so this print predates that time. A great example of American regionalist photography by a recognized and important practitioner of the style.
Depression Era Regionalist Photograph by J.W. McManigal