An exhibition of photographs taken during and after the Depression is offering a rare glimpse of colour in a world that for most is envisioned in black and white. Taken by some of America’s most celebrated photographers, the haunting images of a country emerging from the bitter poverty of the 1930s and preparing for the onset of the second world war have languished unseen for decades in the archives of the Library of Congress.

Bound for Glory: America in Colour, 1939-1943, is on display at Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington DC until January 21.

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