Forgotten Florida: Photos from the Farm Security Administration & the Forgotten Florida Teen Photo Contest
There’s an exhibit called “Forgotten Florida: Photos from the Farm Security Administration” up now at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch in Collier County. It features photos taken by FSA photographers in Florida during the great depression, showcasing the disparity between tourists visiting the state and the rural poor who barely survived. It’s a travelling exhibit from the Museum of Florida History and remains on display at the museum until April 19th.
In conjunction with that exhibit the museum conducted a “Forgotten Florida Teen Photo Contest” for students in Collier County to express their lives during the global pandemic. We’re joined by the winner of that exhibit, Marco Island Academy sophomore Kathryn Barry; and the Immokalee Pioneer Museum’s manager, Brent Trout.
We discuss what inspired the winning photograph, how photography fit into the Farm Security Administration’s mission, and what goes on at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum.