Feb 04 at 12:00 PM - Sale 2557 -

Sale 2557 - Lot 54

Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500

JOHN VACHON (1914-1975)


A select group of 38 vintage photographs.
Silver prints, 30 images measuring approximately 177.8x241.3 mm; 7x9 1/2 inches, 8 larger format images measuring 336.6x247.6 mm; 13 1/4x9 3/4 inches, and slightly smaller, and the reverse, nearly all with Marie Vachon's signature and date (1976), in pencil, Vachon's typed credit or his FSA credit hand stamp, and the RA or other numeric notation, also in pencil, in an unknown hand, on verso; nearly half also with a title and date, possibly in his hand, and two with Vachon's signature (?), in ink, also on verso; 11 of the photographs are matted and have a hand stamp noting that the prints were in the collection of John Vachon, many of these also with a Witkin Gallery hand stamp on mat verso. Circa 1937-42.

From the Estate of Evelyne Z. Daitz, New York.

Vachon began his work at the FSA as an assistant messenger. As his interest in photography grew, he began to make his own photographs and accompanied Arthur Rothstein on one of Rothstein's photographic assignments for the FSA. In 1938, he traveled to Nebraska for his first solo assignment for the FSA, where he was tasked with photographing agricultural programs in the area. After this project, Vachon continued assignments from the FSA to document the poverty in rural areas of the Plains states creating a compassionate record of the region.