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Jack Delano (Russian, 1914-1997)

Jack Delano (Ovcharov, at birth) grew up near Kiev and immigrated to the United States in 1923. He studied painting and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was influenced by the works of Van Gogh, Bruegel, Persian miniaturists, and Japanese printmakers, who portrayed the lives of ordinary people. Delano began working for the FSA in 1942 and photographed migrant workers, tobacco farmers, aircraft engine plants, dams, and life in Puerto Rico. In November 1942, he was assigned to document the wartime freight rail system and lived on trains along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad line.
- Marjorie Young

Selected Bibliography
Coke, Van Deren. Photography in New Mexico, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1979.

Delano, Jack. Photographic Memories. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.

Yates, Steve. Threads of Culture: Photography in New Mexico, 1939-1943. Essay by Jay Rabinowitz. Santa Fe: Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, 1993.


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