Jack Delano was Russian-born photographer who lived from August 1, 1914 to August 12, 1997. Delano moved to the United States during the Great Depression, when he began taking photographs for the Farm Security Administration. In addition to his FSA work Delano is known for the striking color photographs he took at rail yards during the 1940s.
April 1943. "Mrs. Thelma Cuvage, working in the sand house at the Chicago & North Western R.R. roundhouse at Clinton, Iowa. Her job is to see that sand is sifted and cleaned for use in the locomotives. Mrs. Cuvage's husband works as a guard at the Savanna, Illinois, ordnance plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
May 1941. Music-making in the convict camp at Greene County, Georgia. Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano.
January 1943. The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago.
December 1941 or January 1942. Child of a Farm Security Administration rural rehabilitation borrower in front of his house in Puerto Rico.
Dr. S.J. Jackson, an intern, is ready to go into the operating room to assist in an operation at Provident Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Street in San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 1941.
A colorful scene from the Vermont State Fair at Rutland, September 1941.
Street corner, Brockton, Massachusetts. January 1941. Two blurry figures pass by a fire hydrant in this time exposure by Jack Delano.