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Girl at Gee's Bend

Accession Number
2000/2.5

Title
Girl at Gee's Bend

Artist(s)
Arthur Rothstein

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1937, printed 1975

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
19 15/16 in x 15 15/16 in (50.6 cm x 40.5 cm);24 1/8 in x 20 1/16 in (61.3 cm x 51 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund

Subject matter
Arthur Rothstein worked as the first hired photographer for the Farm Security Administration and is considered among America's premier photojournalists. Throughout his career, he photographed a range of subjects with social commentary being a primary concern. One of his early projects was photographing tenancies in 1937 and effects of the Resettlement Administration in the South. This photograph of a young girl at Gee's Bend, Alabama, illustrates the living conditions of the settlements, while also providing a moving commentary on social inequality through the framing of the young girl next to a newspaper advertisement of a prosperous blonde, white woman. 

Physical Description
A photograph of a young girl looking out of a window in a log cabin. The inside of the wooden window is pasted with newspaper advertisements.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
buildings
girl
girls
log cabins (houses)
newspapers
poverty
race (group of people)
standing
window
windows

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