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Signed and numbered 214 from an edition of 300 in pencil in the margin

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.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
The Big Picture ShowScott Nichols Gallery
2019
A Window to Life; Looking at the HumanistsHolden Luntz Gallery
2013
At the Window: The Photographer's ViewJ. Paul Getty Museum
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Fleeing Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936, printed under Rothstein's supervision, 1983, 84

Gelatin silver print
18 3/4 × 18 3/4 in
47.6 × 47.6 cm
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Sonoma
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Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered 214 from an edition of 300 in pencil in the margin

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.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from The Big Picture Show
Other works by Arthur Rothstein
Other works from Scott Nichols Gallery
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