Russell Lee was a trained chemical engineer who passed on a career in the field in favor of art. He is best known for the incredible number of photographs he took during the Dust Bowl for the Farm Security Administration. Mr. Lee spent a good portion of 1937 in North Dakota photographing families, farms and cities, too.
The photos below are just a small sampling of Mr. Lee’s work. He left a vast collection of photos of American culture in the 30s and 40s, and we were lucky to have his camera trained on us for a time.
Abandoned garage on Highway Number 2. Western North Dakota. 1937
After a dust storm. Williston, North Dakota. 1937
Sod post office. Grassy Butte, North Dakota. 1937
Sod house. McKenzie County, North Dakota. 1937
Corner of sodhouse. Williams County, North Dakota. 1937
Photos by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration, in 1937
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Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy