CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Painting a positive picture of the Mountain State -- that was the topic on Tuesday night at the Cultural Center in Charleston.
Guest speaker Betty Rivard talked to the audience about her photography book, New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943. The contents of the book cover the jaw-dropping imagery captured in West Virginia's northern and southern coal fields during the Great Depression. These photos were taken as a part of the Farm Security Administration, a program created during the New Deal to fight rural poverty throughout America.
Rivard, a Detroit native, fell in love with West Virginia at first sight. Having made her home in the hills of Braxton County in 1963, she has since made her passion for the state her profession. Rivard is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer who mainly focuses on photography within the West Virginia borders. Her excellence in photography made her the perfect candidate to edit New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943.
More than 150 photos of children, coal miners, lumber workers, and every day small town life grace the pages of this photography book. The objective was to show a more beautiful piece of West Virginia's past.
"West Virginia is a state that many people look down on because of what they have heard or saw," Rivard said. "My goal was to prove those people wrong".
The photography book can be purchased online at: http://wvupressonline.com/rivard_new_deal_photographs_9781933202884.