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Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Arthur RothsteinThe Library of Congress

Published by GILES in association with the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.


Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 64 pages, 180 x 180 mm (7 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

Illustrations — 50 colour

Format — Paperback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-89-8

News  —  Photographs that document the human condition

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“I found that a kind of individualism existed among the people, an inability to conform, desire to be the master of their own fate...the one thing I found in traveling through the United States was that every man and every woman was different.” Arthur Rothstein

“Rothstein was happy enough to be a useful agent of New Deal propaganda, but his belief in social progress didn’t congeal into a rigid ideology of the lens. Instead, it opened him to the stunning variety of human landscapes in the far corners of the republic.” George Packer on Arthur Rothstein

"The introduction to Rothstein’s photographs, written by George Packer, states that most papers in the country at the time were owned by wealthy Americans that opposed the New Deal. This is a situation that is all too familiar in America today." Tim O'Brien, F-Stop Magazine

About the Book

Following on from the publication of the first six books featuring The Library of Congress’ internationally renowned collection of Farm Security Administration (FSA) and Office of War Information (OWI) photographs, Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Arthur Rothstein includes an introduction to the life of the photographer and 50 evocative images selected from his work. Arthur Rothstein was born in New York in 1915. In the early 1930s he attended Columbia University, where he studied with Roy Stryker, who later hired him at the FSA. During his five years as an FSA photographer, Rothstein produced a gripping visual record of the country’s poor that included Virginia farmers, the Dust Bowl, cattle ranchers in Montana, and a tenant community in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. After World War II he joined Look magazine, serving as director of photography until the magazine ceased production in 1971. He died in 1985.

About the Author(s)

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square; two works of non-fiction, The Village of Waiting and Blood of the Liberals; and a collection of journalism, Interesting Times. His play Betrayed won the 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for best Off-Broadway play.