Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Photography of Arthur Rothstein

Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) was an American photographer who covered everything from Depression photos and Dust Bowl photo for the Farm Security Administration to news stories. 

He was born in the Bronx section of  New York City. Rothstein showed an early interest in photography. While studying at Columbia University where he helped found the University Camera Club. He met economics instructor Roy Stryker, who would later establish the photographic section of the Resettlement Administration (later the Farm Security Administration) in Washington, DC. Appreciating Rothstein's technical proficiency and enthusiasm for photography, Stryker hired him in 1935 as the first staff photographer for the FSA. Arthur Rothstein later worked the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Praised for the directness and immediacy of his imagery, Rothstein produced notable photographic series on farming communities in the Midwestern Dust Bowl. After leaving the FSA in 1940, Rothstein took a position as photographer for Look magazine. He remained there until 1971, ultimately serving as the magazine's director of photography.

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Photography by Arthur Rothstein

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