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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Arthur Rothstein

Dates:  1915 - 1985
Born:  US, NY, New York
Active:  US
 
  
Worked with the FSA (Farm Security Administration) from 1935 to 1940.

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Biography provided by Focal Press 
  
Notable as the first member of a team of photographers chosen by Roy Stryker for the Farm Security Administration’s (FSA) ambitious documentary project, Rothstein photographed poverty in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, life in farm labor camps in California, the struggles of cattle ranchers in Montana, and the devastation of the Dust Bowl, creating iconic images of depression America that influenced public policy. His controversial photograph, Fleeing a Dust Storm, made in the Oklahoma panhandle, created a dialog about documentary practice when it was determined that aspects of the scene had been manipulated by the photographer for dramatic effect. His dedication to the truth, and his ability to simultaneously picture the dramatic and the ordinary, propelled his photojournalistic career. He photographed for Look magazine, and became head of the photography departments for both Look and Parade magazines. He was a founding member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, now American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). 
  
(Author: Garie Waltzer - Photographer and consultant) 
  
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] 
(Used with permission) 
  

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Packer, George & Pastan, Amy (ed.), 2011, Fields of Vision: Photographs of Arthur Rothstein: The Library of Congress, (Giles in association with the Library of Congress) isbn-10: 190483289X isbn-13: 978-1904832898 [Δ
  
Rothstein, Arthur, 1956, Photojournalism: Pictures for Magazines and Newspapers, (New York: Amphoto - American Photographic Book Publishing Co., Inc) [Δ
  
Rothstein, Arthur, 1978, The Depression Years as Photographed by Arthur Rothstein, (New York: Dover Publications) [Δ
  
Rothstein, Arthur, 1982, American West in the Thirties: 122 Photographs by Arthur Rothstein, (Dover Publications Inc.) isbn-10: 0486241068 isbn-13: 978-0486241067 [Δ
  
Rothstein, Arthur, 1984, Arthur Rothstein: Words & Pictures, (Focal Press) [Δ
  
Rothstein, Arthur, 1984, Arthur Rothstein’s America in Photographs, 1930–1980, (New York: Dover) [Δ
  
Rothstein, Arthur, 1984, Photojournalism, (Focal Press) [4th edition] [Δ
  
Rothstein, Arthur, 1986, Documentary Photography, (Boston: Focal Press) [Δ
  
Saroyan, William & Rothstein, Arthur, 1967, Look at Us Let's See Here We Are Look Hard, Speak Soft I See, You See, We All See Stop, Look, Listen Beholder's Eye Don't Look Now, But Isn't That You? (US? U.S.?), (Cowles) [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com
 
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Arthur Rothstein 
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Family history 
  
If you are related to this photographer and interested in tracking down your extended family we can place a note here for you to help. It is free and you would be amazed who gets in touch. 
  
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All photographs by this photographer 
  
 

Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Internet resources

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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Beaton, Cecil & Buckland, Gail 1975 The Magic Eye: The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company) p.169 [Useful short biographies with personal asides and one or more example images.] 
  
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.437-438 
  
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.225 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.198 
  

Collections

Photographic collections are a useful means of examining large numbers of photographs by a single photographer on-line. 
  

 
In the 1990 survey of 535 American photographic collections Arthur Rothstein was represented in 73 of the collections. Source: Andrew H. Eskind & Greg Drake (eds.) 1990 Index to American Photographic Collections [Second Enlarged Edition] (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall & Co.) 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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