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Title: The Louisville Flood
Medium: Gelatin silver print, mounted on panel
Dimensions: Sheet: 14 15/16 x 20 inches (37.9 x 50.8 cm) Panel: 16 7/8 x 21 7/8 inches (42.9 x 55.6 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, Class of 1927, 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)

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