John Dominis, “The Valley of Poverty” (1964)

American documentary photographer John Dominis, who recently passed away, is perhaps best known for his work with LIFE magazine. In his 1964 work titled “The Valley of Poverty”, Dominis brings attention to the fact that in the 1960s – a time when most of America had long recovered from the Great Depression of the 1920s, the people of the Appalachian region were still living through a great deal of poverty. The photo series, mostly in black and white, truly captures the dire conditions of 1960s Appalachia – may it be through the harrowing expression on the subjects’ faces or through the rural expanses of snowy countryside. Select pictures from the series can be found on LIFE.com.

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