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After Arthur Rothstein's graduation from Columbia University in 1935, he became the first staff photographer at the Resettlement Administration (which would later become the Farm Security Administration). Rothstein spent the years between 1935-1940 taking around 80,000 images for the FSA. Through that work Rothstein's sought to inform people living in eastern United States of the dust storms and devastation that had hit the lives of farmers and others living in the Great Plains. During those five years Rothstein captured some of the most iconic images of rural and small-town America during the Great Depression. His photograph of a farmer and his two sons during one of the severe dust storms in Cimarron, Oklahoma came to exemplify the Dust Bowl era.

A Portfolio of Photographs by Arthur Rothstein

Portfolio of 10 gelatin silver prints

Published by the artist circa 1981. Each print measures 11 x14". Edition #1/50, in original clamshell portfolio case. Includes a statement by the artist; a biography; and remarks on Rothstein's work from Gene Thornton, William Saroyan, and Alan Fern May.