view lightboxview listview single item

Photo credit: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

IMPORTANT: Images displayed via this interface may NOT be reproduced without the express permission of the artist or the artist's representative. Please contact the Johnson Museum with any questions regarding image rights and reproduction.

Title: The Louisville Flood
Medium: Gelatin silver print, mounted on panel
Dimensions: Sheet: 14 15/16 x 20 in. (37.9 x 50.8 cm); Panel: 16 7/8 x 21 7/8 in. (42.9 x 55.6 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Margaret Bourke-White and Life Magazine (?)
Object Number: 65.688
Label Text: This photograph led off the February 15, 1937, feature story for LIFE Magazine documenting the devastation of Louisville, Kentucky, by Ohio River flooding. Bourke-White was sent on assignment with only a few hours notice and arrived on the last plane to land in Louisville. Her best-known image from the shoot—one used in many different contexts—captures African American men, women, and children lined up at a relief center in front of a billboard of a smiling white family with the headline: “World’s Highest Standard of Living—There’s no way like the American way." (Stephanie Wiles, “Margaret Bourke-White: From Cornell Student to Visionary Photojournalist,” January 24 –June 7, 2015)

NOTE: This electronic record is compiled from historic documentation which may not reflect the Johnson Museum's complete or current knowledge of the object. Review and refinement of such records is ongoing.