Inspired by the drive and passion of Roy Stryker, and his belief in the power of the photograph to bring about social change, Kenneth Wajda, a professional documentary photographer in Boulder, Colorado, created this photo project.
Collecting black and white and color photographs from documentary photographers around the U.S., the project’s goal is to document the rural and urban lifestyle in the U.S. 80 years after the first FSA photography collection was started. And to publish a book of the images.
The original FSA collection was started during difficult times in the history of the U.S., and we are living in a similar tumultuous time, and the aim for this project is to document all of the aspects of American life that exist today.
In an internet age where more photographs are being taken than ever before in history, there is a great concern that this may be a digital dark age for photography, as more people make photographs but the number of images actually being stored, archived and printed is quite low.
Up until December 31, 2017, the project limited the collection to film photographers, as the ultimate goal is to create actual prints and archive negatives for the Library of Congress, like the FSA program did starting in 1937, in addition to the published book.
Since January 1, 2018, digital photograph submissions are permitted and prints are made of accepted photographs for archival purposes with the intention of submission to the Library of Congress archives.
Each photographer maintains the rights to their images in the collection and inclusion of images to the Library of Congress is solely up to the photographer.