Every visitor with a camera knows that
Here is some of our favorite work by four of them. Marion Post Wolcott, who was a female pioneer of sorts when she traveled the country alone as a Farm Security Administration photographer during the 1930s, was captivated by scenes of happy Northerners relaxing on our beaches and in our trailer park communities. Walker Evans, who rose to fame chronicling
The deceptively simple photographs of
Loomis Dean grew up in
All four are gone, but their evocative images live on, in our memories and in museums around the world. The work they did here has earned
From a failed attempt at glamour (John Ringling’s unfinished Ritz-Carlton hotel on Longboat Key) to a coastal landscape, Evan’s Sarasota pictures captured a certain light, a certain mood.
Unlike Evans, who spent only a short time in Sarasota, Steinmetz lived and worked here for years, taking iconic photographs from 1941 well into the 1970s.
Young lovelies play a game called Gobi at Lido Beach.
The perfect hostess, circa 1960, prepares to serve her guests.
A Longboat Key beach scene from 1958.
Happiness in a mobile home, 1954.
In a professional life filled with international excitement, Dean returned often to the town where he grew up, and to the circus performers who helped make it famous.
If you’re interested in purchasing work by Loomis Dean, you can contact
Christopher Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (415) 456-0552.
MARION POST WOLCOTT
In 1941, Marion Post (later Wolcott) found fertile field for her lens in Sarasota, especially in our trailer parks.
A rather formal beach picnic.
Amish farmers from Pennsylvania surveying local farming methods.