Condition Report: Sheet measures 14 x 11 inches; unmounted; not framed; cornered in to a window mat measuring 20 x 16 inches; one folding crease to the upper right sheet corner, not affecting the image.
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Swann Galleries, October 22, 2009, Sale 2191, Lot 136, where it is described as part of a lot of F.S.A photographs printed by Rothstein; Private collection, New York.
About Arthur Rothstein
Claiming, “photography is a universal language, transcending the boundaries of race, politics, and nationality,” Arthur Rothstein documented American life in black-and-white photographs both artful and direct. A founding member of the Photo League, he believed that documentary photography was a tool for social change. He began his career as a photographer with the Resettlement Administration (later the Farm Security Administration), bringing the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression into the public eye. During this time, he took his most iconic photograph, Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma (1936), which became emblematic of the Dust Bowl. Rothstein served as a Signal Corps photographer during WWII, and documented the Great Famine in China in 1946–47. Back in the U.S., he spent the remainder of his career editing photographs for Look and Parade and teaching the craft he had mastered so beautifully.
American, 1915-1985, New York, New York