Killed: Rejected Images of the Farm
Killed reproduces a suite of 157 images killed by Roy Stryker, director of the FSA, and are organized alphabetically by photographer: Walker Evans, Theodor Jung, Carl Mydans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn and John Vachon. Alongside these images, Jones includes a selection from John Collier, Jr., Russell Lee and David Myers that illustrate possible evidence of homosexuality within the main stream. He states: Many (perhaps even most) viewers would find in the archive not a trace of homosexuality, but I refused to believe that it was completely absent from the visual record of the Great Depression. An historical queer presence must have been documented, if only unconsciously or accidentally, by the photographers of the FSA.\n\nPuncture Wounds the first of two critical essays Jones has contributed to the book discusses the Library of Congresss image archive that began as the Resettlement Administration (1935-37), the Farm Security Administration (1937-42), and then the Office of War Information (1942-44) and he hypothesizes on what motivated Stryker to kill certain negatives; though he emphasizes: More pertinent to the subject of this book, the practice of socially committed documentary photography has fallen into disfavor at an historical moment when it is needed again we dont even know we are in a depression, because no one has given us an image of it In his second essay Perversion Jones advocates reinterpreting history utilizing publicly accessible image archives, in essence perverting them, since they have become so encrusted with conventional pieties that we can hardly see them any longer [the FSA collection] is not a memorial or a temple with dogma for us to obey, but a site for reinvention.