Item #CL191-143 Fleeing A Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Arthur Rothstein, Amer.
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Fleeing A Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma

1936/2003. Photogravure, printed on a hand-operated etching press, blind stamped “Lenswork Special Edition” and “Working Theory Press” in lower margin, 20.2 x 25.4cm.

The accompanying information sheet from the publisher Lenswork, USA, states that this image was sourced from the master print archive in the FSA/Stryker Collection at the University of Louisville. Ref: Lenswork for 2003 printing date.

This image is considered to be one of the best-known photographs of the Depression Era in America. Although the image implies that the photograph was taken during the height of a dust storm, it was actually staged; Rothstein directed the farmer and his sons to act out what a storm would be like. “He asked the boy on the right to put his arms over his eyes and the father and older son to lean forward as if walking into a powerful storm…While the photograph captures the dire circumstances in which many farmers found themselves, it is the result of what Rothstein called ‘direction in a picture story’ rather than a document of an actual dust storm.” Ref: Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont, USA.

Item #CL191-143

Price (AUD): $880.00  other currencies

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