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Pierre Fatumbi Verger: United States of America 1934 & 1937

Pierre Fatumbi Verger: United States of America 1934 & 1937

by Javier Escudero Rodriguez
Publication Date: 23/12/2022

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Pierre Fatumbi Verger is considered one of the most outstanding photographers of the twentieth century as well as a recognized researcher in the field of African Diaspora and religion studies.

Verger traveled to the United States of America in 1934 and 1937, during the Great Depression, producing a collection of stunning images that document the national symbols that configure American identity and the challenging social and economic atmosphere of the time.

Verger was able to capture with great sensibility the complex cultural and racial diversity of the country where many citizens still confront segregation and poverty, while struggling to live a better life. Vergers photographs constitute an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of the 1930s in the U.S., and to the growth of photojournalism, documentary and artistic photography, representing the world from new and enriching perspectives.

In the introduction, Javier Escudero Rodriguez frames Vergers significant contribution to modern photography as well as the lasting relevance of this new collection of iconic images of the Great Depression. The 150 images included in the book, the majority of them never published before, were selected among 1110 negatives, after a meticulous research from Vergers archive at the Pierre Verger Foundation in Salvador.

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Javier Escudero Rodriguez

Javier Escudero Rodríguez, born in Avila, Spain (1960), got his Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Literature in the University of Virginia in 1992. Javier worked as an Assistant & Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State (1992-2006) and published books on Juan Goytisolo, Americo Castro and Rosa Montero, in addition to participating in over 30 universities and international conferences in the U.S., Spain, Brazil and other countries. Between 2001-2003, Javier was appointed Director of the Instituto Cervantes of Rio de Janeiro - a diplomat position, and in 2006, he and his wife, Patrícia Burgos, founded Brazil Cultural and moved to Salvador, Bahia. Since then, they have brought to Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Morocco and Portugal over 60 educational and cultural groups and have developed a unique study abroad methodology that directly benefits social and educational projects.

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