John Felix Vachon (May 19, 1914 – April 20, 1975) was an American photographer. He worked as a filing clerk for the Farm Security Administration before Roy Stryker recruited him to join a small group of photographers, including Esther Bubley, Marjory Collins, Mary Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, Russell Lee, Gordon Parks, Charlotte Brooks, Carl Mydans, Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn, who were employed to publicize the conditions of the rural poor in America.
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Born 19 May 1914; died 20 April 1975. 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, Photojournalist, Photographer
John Vachon, John Felix Vachon
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