Farm Life

Although born in Pittsburgh, Alfred Watson spent his early years in the small town of Clarksburg, West Virginia where he spent hours exploring the woods and fields near his rural home.  He loved to visit the nearby farms where he mucked out stables to help put food on his family’s table.

   When his father deserted the family in 1925, the Watson household returned to Pittsburgh where he graduated from Carnegie Institute in 1936.  In 1942, a job transfer took him to the small town of Franklin, Pennsylvania where he began to photograph the nearby dairy farms which reminded him of his childhood.

             Barns and horses were his favorite subjects including the image below.