The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 26, 2012

WVU Press publishes ‘New Deal Photographs’

— West Virginia University Press is hailing the publication of “New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943,” edited by Betty Rivard.

With a foreword by Carl Fleischhauer and an introduction by Jerry Bruce Thomas, the book presents images of the state’s northern and southern coalfields, the subsistence homestead projects of Arthurdale, Eleanor, and Tygart Valley, and various communities from Charleston to Clarksburg and Parkersburg to Elkins.

With more than 150 images by 10 Farm Security Administration photographers — including Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and Ben Shahn — this collection is a remarkable record of hardship, hope, endurance, and, above all, community. The photographs provide a glimpse into the every day lives of West Virginians during the Great Depression and beyond.

Rivard is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer. Thomas is professor emeritus at Shepherd University, and Fleischhauer is a digital preservation specialist at the Library of Congress.

The book can be purchased online at or by phoning 800-621-2736.