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Russell Lee Photograph Collection - Excerpt from Introduction - Page 5

Excerpt from "There Was A Job To Do" The Photographic Career of Russell Lee by J. B. Colson

Woman gripping herself as the dentist works on her. 1936-1936. Father Divine followers on a boat trip up the Hudson.

Interior of a brick-making factory, one of a series of photographs that Lee took at this place. Note women workers in the background. 1935-1936. Father Divine followers resting in a field. 1935-1936.

Top left: Lee's talent for finding good camera angles and timing was demonstrated in his earliest photography. Note the woman's hand gripping herself as the dentist works on her. 1936-1936.

Top right: Father Divine followers on a boat trip up the Hudson. A 1930s charismatic leader, Father Divine drew huge crowds that Lee photographed in a variety of settings. Here is one of the tightly organized compositions of his early work. 1935-1936.

Bottom Right: Father Divine followers resting in a field. 1935-1936. Bottom Left: Interior of a brick-making factory, one of a series of photographs that Lee took at this place. Note women workers in the background. 1935-1936.