April 1942. “Hollywood, California. Girl on the street.”
Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information (OWI)
What do we know about this photo?
He used a Rollieflex camera (the square negative).
It was downtown L.A.
We know the Admiral theater was still A theater showing first run movies (Casablanca?).
It was a warm day (jacket in hand).
She’d already been traveling (tag on the suitcase).
Lee was doing the original “street photography (no interaction).”
They -he and her- were standing at 1645 Vine Street (http://bit.ly/2aO5FYf).
The Depression was not over but for OWI photographers it was out-of-sight. The new theme was America The Healthy.
Lee appreciated the “pretty” as well as the depraved (and that was consistent. His Depression-era photos all hint at the positive).
Still photography “sticks,” freezes moments in time, forever, and perusing them is better than fine wine: the “taste” can last forever.