John F Vachon
(1915 - 1975)
John F. Vachon was active/lived in District Of Columbia, New Jersey, Minnesota. John Vachon is known for commercial and social-realist photography.
Biography John F. Vachon
John F. Vachon (May 19, 1914 - April 20, 1975) was an American photographer. He worked as a filing clerk for the Farm Security Administration and carried the title "assistant messenger." He was twenty-one, and had come to Washington from his native Minnesota to attend Catholic University of America. Vachon had no intention of becoming a photographer when he took the position in 1936, but as his responsibilities increased for maintaining the FSA photographic file, his interest in photography grew. A memoir by his son quotes Stryker as telling the file clerk, "When you do the filing, why don't you look at the pictures."
By 1937 Vachon had looked enough to want to make photographs himself, and with advice from Ben Shahn he tried out a
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