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

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Title: Sharecropper's daughter, Wilmington, North Carolina
Date: 1935
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: Image / sheet: 9 3/4 × 10 5/16 inches (24.8 × 26.2 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Diann G. Mann, Class of 1966, and Thomas A. Mann, Class of 1964
Object Number: 2018.095.023
Label Text: At the age of twenty, Rothstein became the first photographer assigned by the Farm Securities Administration (FSA) to demonstrate, through a sweeping photographic mission that would last over a decade, the need for and success of antipoverty New Deal policies. Other photographers employed by the FSA included Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Marion Post Wolcott. Some of the pictures they created became iconic: just the titles “Migrant Mother” and “Allie Mae Burroughs” will be enough to evoke specific faces for some readers. Rothstein’s picture of a child looking through the window of her North Carolina home as though through prison bars, her mother and a baby sibling just visible in the interior gloom, did not circulate widely and exists in few documented collections. Yet for Rothstein it was evidently important: unusually, he elected to create it as a fine print, carefully enlarging and printing it. This example, presently the only one known, was acquired by the Manns from Jack Delano, also an FSA photographer, who likely received it directly from Rothstein. ("Celebrating Reunion at the Johnson," text by Kate Addelman-Frankel and presented at the Johnson Museum May 25-July 28, 2019)

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