Arthur Rothstein - Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Arthur Rothstein
Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, printed circa 1980
19 x 19 inches

Rothstein's signature and edition notation 299/300, in pencil, on recto, and with the Grace Rothstein Collection hand stamp on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Flood Refugee, Missouri
Arthur Rothstein
Flood Refugee, Missouri
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1937-1938
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and dated on verso. Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Sugar Beet Worker's Children, Treasure County, Montana
Arthur Rothstein
Sugar Beet Worker's Children, Treasure County, Montana
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 6/39 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Darrel Coble, Son of Farmer in Dust Bowl, Cimarron, Oklahoma
Arthur Rothstein
Darrel Coble, Son of Farmer in Dust Bowl Area, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and dated on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Salvador Dali
Arthur Rothstein
Salvador Dali
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1951
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Farmer and Wife, Kersey, CO
Arthur Rothstein
Farmer and Wife, Kersey, CO
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and dated on verso. Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Untitled
Arthur Rothstein
Untitled
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Untitled
Arthur Rothstein
Untitled
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Signed in pencil on recto

Arthur Rothstein - Minnie Knox
Arthur Rothstein
Minnie Knox
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937
14 x 11 inches

Signed in pencil on recto. Caption and dated on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Skull, Badlands, South Dakota
Arthur Rothstein
Skull, Badlands, South Dakota
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and dated on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein -  Pres of Farmers Cooperative, Loup City Farmstead, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
President of Farmers Cooperative, Loup City Farmstead, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein -Farmer's Son with Prize 4-H Calf, Fairbury Farmstead, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
Farmer's Son with Prize 4-H Club Calf, Fairbury Farmstead, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Untitled
Arthur Rothstein
Untitled
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Official with Farmer at his New Home. Fall City Farmstead,
Arthur Rothstein
Federal Resettlement Official with Farmer at his New Home. Fall City Farmstead, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Surveyor on a Water Dam, Sioux County, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
Surveyor on a Water Dam, Sioux County, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Surveyors on a Water Dam, Davis County, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
Surveyors on a Water Dam, Davis County, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Resettled Farmer, Douglas County, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
Resettled Farmer, Douglas County, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - President of the Farmer's Coop, Fairbury Farmstead, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
President of the Farmer's Cooperative, Fairbury Farmstead, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - A Pioneer Settler in Her Sod House, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Arthur Rothstein
A Pioneer Settler in Her Sod House, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 4/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - A Young Couple on Their New Farm, Douglas County, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
A Young Couple on Their New Farm, Douglas County, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - A Pioneer Farmer of Davis County, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
A Pioneer Farmer of Davis County, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Untitled
Arthur Rothstein
Untitled
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Logs in the Columbia River, Longview, Washington
Arthur Rothstein
Logs in the Columbia River, Longview, Washington
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 7/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Virginia City, Montana
Arthur Rothstein
Virginia City, Montana
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 6/39 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Fairfield, Montana
Arthur Rothstein
Fairfield, Montana
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 6/39 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - General Store, Pony, Montana
Arthur Rothstein
General Store, Pony, Montana
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 6/39 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Blacksmith Shop, Virginia City, Montana
Arthur Rothstein
Blacksmith Shop, Virginia City, Montana
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 6/39 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein was born in New York in 1915. While attending Columbia University in the 1930s, he studied photography and was greatly inspired by his mentors, Roy Stryker and Rex Tugwell. Stryker invited Rothstein to be the first photographer to join the federally sponsored Farm Security Administration (FSA) photojournalism project. The FSA employed a small group of photographers, including Mary Post Wolcott, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn, to publicize the conditions of the impoverished rural areas of the United States.

In 1936 Rothstein took an assignment documenting the Dust Bowl area of the Midwestern United States. In Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Rothstein took one of his most famous photographs that became emblematic of the Depression period. It was called “Fleeing a Dust Storm.” His photographs of this period displayed a gritty reality of life in America.

In 1940 Rothstein joined the staff of Look magazine. With the start of the Second World War, Rothstein once again completed photojournalistic assignments for the government in China, Burma, and India. After the war he returned to Look, and worked as the Director of Photography until the magazine closed in 1971. He then held the same position for Parade magazine. Rothstein was a multi-dimensioned photographer. As he continued his own work, he also taught at several schools, authored seven photography books, and invented the X-O-Graph printing process.

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