I'm usually a little leery about recommending PBS TV shows about photography and photographers, since I have no reliable way of determining which shows are new and which are reruns. Usually, if I recommend something, ten people will write and tell me they saw it two years ago. (For instance, there's a show airing in my market about Art Sinsabaugh that I really want to see [or did I miss that already?]. Is that one new or old? Don't know.)
But I think "Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the F.S.A./O.W.I. Photographers," airing tonight on PBS, is a new one. I haven't seen it, but whether you're already familiar with the FSA (I'm very familiar with it, having leafed through the entire collection in Washington, D.C., a project which took me many visits over several weeks) or not, I recommend setting aside the time to watch the program. What with the inherent interest of the subject and the general excellence of PBS documentaries, I don't see how you could lose. I'll be watching, for sure.
Check your local listings.
P.S. And incidentally, the best book about the FSA, long out of print and quite rare, is a thing called A Vision Shared by Hank O'Neal, still available on the used market for surprisingly little money. A gorgeous book and well worth having (and thanks again to Andy Moursund, who sold me my copy).
Featured Comment by Geoff Wittig: "Great stuff; I'll be watching for sure. There's a fascinating new book on Dorothea Lange (Daring to Look by Anne Whiston Spirn) that includes images familiar and less so, as well as long selections from Lange's field notes. The notes document what she was thinking and explicitly describe what she was trying to get into her photographs. I might have a review coming on this one."
Featured Comment by Jason: "May I also recommend Bound for Glory: America in Color."
Featured Comment by Tyler Monson: "Take a look at Dust Bowl Descent by Bill Ganzel (U. of Nebr. Press, 1984). The author tracked down people and locations made memorable in FSA photographs, told a little of what had happened to them, and made some excellent photographs as they are now. The Amazon listing for this book has a nice description in the customer review section."