One of the most renowned American photographers of the mid-19th Century, Evans worked as a member of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), an agency of the Department of Agriculture, from 1935. During his time at he produced an extended photographic survey of rural America, primarily in the South. In summer of 1936, on a leave from his FSA assignment, he worked with writer James Agee on a study of three sharecropping families from Hale county, Alabama for Fortune magazine. While the photographs never appeared in Fortune, they were published as a book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men with Agee's writing in 1941. Through their honesty, these intimate and evocative images remain testament of the tragedy of the Great Depression and considered by many the apogee of Evans career as a photographer.