One small corner had a sink, an enamel-topped table, a two-burner gas stove and one chair. If my brother and I wanted to eat at the same time, one of us had to sit on the cartons. Practically all of our meals, cooked on the two-burner, were eaten here since my mother worked almost the same long hours as my father. My mother prepared food with one eye on her stove and the other alert for customers.
She was observant and inquisitive about the world around her. When she was fourteen years old she begged her parents for money to buy a camera and began photographing people and buildings in her neighborhood. Since their advent in the s, these magazines had become important venues for documentary photographers. Significantly, picture magazines such as these offered women photographers more opportunities than did newspapers and picture agencies, particularly during World War II when women took on the types of photographic projects previously assigned to men.
Life , founded in , published thousands of photo essays by photographic luminaries such as Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White, whose photograph of the Fort Peck Dam was featured on the cover of the inaugural issue. From until , when it ceased weekly publication, Life accumulated an unparalleled archive of several million photographs. Many of these photographs read as candid images of spontaneous moments, made possible by the introduction of smaller, more portable cameras that enabled the transformation of news photography into photojournalism.
The social connectedness and vitality of urban street life was a predominant theme at mid-century for photojournalists and for independent photographers making images for their own expressive purposes. Wyman graduated from high school in , shortly before her seventeenth birthday. She planned to become a nurse, but was too young to attend nursing school.
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During her job hunt, an editor Wyman spoke with at Acme Newspictures told her that all Acme staff photographers had begun their careers in the mailroom. At the time many Acme staffers were in the armed services, providing the opportunity Wyman needed. Still, she recalls, the job was thrilling. Nobody thought of it as street photography. The photographs she made were shaped by her incisive observations of human interaction within this lively urban landscape. Instead she wanted to work for the picture magazines, as more photos were used in these than in newspapers, and she would always be learning something new about her subjects.
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She began assigning herself photographic narratives and in sold her first picture story to Look magazine. As often as she could, Wyman took pictures—and some were published. In the fall of that same year, as men returned from military service, Wyman was dismissed from her job at Acme. She had begun her career as a professional photographer. In , Wyman married Simon Nathan, an Acme staff photographer who left Acme later that year to build his own career as an independent photographer.
Though work for freelance photographers was not steady, Nathan gained commercial clients and Wyman increasingly received assignments from Life and other magazines. I also began to understand the power of photographs to help improve the social order by showing the conditions under which many people lived and worked.
Even after leaving the League the following year, I continued to emphasize visual and social realities in my straightforward photographs. Members of the Photo League were known for their progressive politics. While the group initially sought to use photography to challenge issues such as racial inequality, war, and poverty, their focus turned more toward experimental aesthetics over time.
During the Red Scare the League was targeted and was blacklisted in With a dwindling membership, it was forced to disband in Nonetheless, the League remains widely lauded today for its invaluable contributions to documentary photography. Though Wyman was a member for just two years—she left because she was increasingly busy with magazine assignments—her alignment with the aims of the Photo League is apparent in her work. She shared with other members a photographic vision shaped by a common background and social location. Wyman says she was compelled by the powerful images created by the photographers who documented the effects on ordinary people wrought by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl during the s.
Created to alleviate rural poverty exacerbated by the Great Depression, the industrialization of farming, and the Dust Bowl, these programs employed photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans to produce images that would raise public awareness and gain congressional support for FSA efforts.
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