A few will know of Roy Stryker, but the name resonates to photographers belonging to the cream of the crop. No, not because he as a favorite figure. He was the photographer who "killed" photographs.
To understand Stryker's relevance in photography is to know this: he was the man who hired Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott, Russell Lee, Jack Delano, Gordon Parks, John Collier Jr, Carl Mydans, and Edwin and Louise Rosskam. And the images they produced for his project while he was the director of the FSA were they ones that became iconic. Lange's "Migrant Mother" is a fruit from this project. The purpose of the project was to capture the "misery" of the USA during the Great Depression.
Now, here's the notorious thing about him. Since he was the photo editor of the time, he was very much a tyrannical one. Stryker and his assistants would be meticulously reviewing the photographs of hired photographers who just got back from their assignments. Stryker didn't have an explicit criteria to determine which images should be published or not. If the latter, the images would meet his puncher.
Some photographs were punctured once, some were completely damaged -- perhaps a message that the image should never be seen by the public eye.
Images are from the U.S. Library of Congress, public domain.