Museum unveils 'hidden gem' in Depression-era photos by Sekaer

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During the Great Depression, the United States government sent Danish-born photographer Peter Sekaer on a mission through America's back roads to chronicle the lives of ordinary Americans as they struggled through one of the most challenging periods in U.S. history.

Now, for the first time, Sekaer's telling odyssey through America is available to the public after years in obscurity. The 87 vintage gelatin silver prints are in an Atlanta High Museum exhibit called "Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer," which will be on view from now until January 9, 2011.

Julian Cox, photography curator of the museum, said Sekaer's work is an important discovery.

Many of these photographs were taken while Sekaer was commissioned by government agencies such as the Rural Electrification Administration and the U.S. Housing Authority.

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