Russell Lee (1903 -1986) American documentary photographer. After graduating in chemical engineering in 1925 he worked in industry until 1929, when he began to attend the California School of Fine Arts, then joined an art community in Woodstock, New York. He bought his first camera in 1935. Hearing of the photographic work of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), he travelled to Washington, DC, to meet FSA director Roy Stryker in 1936, who hired him and sent him on the road for most of the next six years. His most famous FSA photographs are of Pie Town, New Mexico; he also pioneered photographic work in the black districts of Chicago. After war service in the army he worked occasionally for Stryker for theStandard Oil New Jersey and Pittsburgh Photographic Library projects. He began teaching in the University of Missouri Photo Workshop in 1948, becoming its director in 1953; in 1965 he joined Texas University’s Department of Fine Arts.
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