Frances Benjamin Johnston in Greene County

Old Shop Greensboro Vicinity 1939 Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Old Shop Near Greensboro

Frances Benjamin Johnston was one of the first famous American women photographers and though she isn’t widely known outside academic circles today, she left behind a large archive of both personal and public work. The images seen here represent the focus of her later years, Southern architecture. The Library of Congress lists possible dates of 1939 and 1944 for these images. Since she was working widely in other Southern states at the time, they could date to either year. At any rate, they represent an important archive.

Two story brick building Greensboro GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website

Two-story Brick Building, Greensboro

House in Greensboro Vicinity GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website

House Near Greensboro

Old Frame Episcopal Church Greensboro GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Episcopal Church, Greensboro

Jail Greensboro GA Greene County Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Old Greene County Jail, Greensboro

Greene County Courthouse Greensboro GA Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston 1939 Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Greene County Courthouse, Greensboro

All Images Frances Benjamin Johnston/Library of Congress (1939 or 1944)

For more about Johnston’s fascinating life story:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/fbjchron.html

 

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