Shoeshine Man, New York City

Accession Number

Shoeshine Man, New York City

Arthur Rothstein

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

12 in x 9 in (30.48 cm x 22.86 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80

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. His first projects looked at the dust bowl and tenancies in the South. He quit the FSA in 1940 and began to work for Look magazine, where he worked until 1971.

Physical Description
A photograph of a shoeshiner sitting outside of a bank decorated with large signs. He sits in a corner between the building and a subway entrance with his equipment in front of him.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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exterior walls
men (male humans)
signs (declatory or advertising artifacts)
stools (seating furniture)

5 Related Resources

Social Justice and Art 1929-1945
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Work and Workers
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
Men at Work
(Part of: Masculinities)

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