Farm Security Administration (FSA) photos shot by Russell Lee. These were shot during a free community BBQ at the Pie Town (NM) Fair in 1940.
Life magazine in its heyday, this has to be the most talented photo staff ever assembled. Their documentation of the Great Depression gives us an irreplaceable visual record of the struggles and triumphs of the American people during that time.
Each of Mr. Lee's photos from the fair capture and preserve a moment in time as a small community of homesteaders copes with the end of the depression. These images bring humanity to the forefront as Pie Town residents gather together to share stories, friendship and a barbecue dinner.
Such is the power of photojournalism, but I would also argue that such is the power of barbecue.
Click here to read more about Russell Lee's journey to Pie Town in Smithsonian magazine.