Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985

Alternative names
Birth 1915
Death 1985

Biographical notes:

Photographer. Died 1985.

From the description of Arthur Rothstein papers, 1936-2000 (bulk 1952-1985). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984757

Photographer; New York, N.Y.; d. 1985.

From the description of Oral history interview with Arthur Rothstein, 1964 May 25 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81173081

Arthur Rothstein was an American photographer who worked for the federal government during the Great Depression for the Farm Security Administration; they worked to publicize the conditions in rural America.

From the description of Rothstein photographs, 1929-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367952170

Photographer; New York City. Died 1985

After earning a B.A. from Columbia College, Rothstein was a photographer with the U.S. Farm Security Administration from 1935-1940. He worked for LOOK magazine from 1940 until 1943, when he served as a Photo Officer with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in China, Burma, and India until 1946. Upon completion of his military service, Rothstein became the Director of Photography for LOOK magazine until 1971. From 1971-1972, he was Editor of INFINITY magazine, and was Associate Editor (1972-1976) and Director of Photography (beginning in 1976) for PARADE magazine.

From the description of Arthur Rothstein papers, 1936-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122571281

Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) was LOOK's technical director for photography from 1947 to 1971.

He gained early fame as a member of the Farm Security Administration team of photographers in the 1930s. This image was a product of 13 years of research and development by Rothstein and Marvin Whitmore, general manager of LOOK.

From the description of LOOK 3-D Thomas Edison Photograph, 1964. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 489269186

Biographical Note

  • 1915, July 17: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1935: B.A., Columbia College, New York, N.Y.
  • 1935 - 1940 : Photographer, Farm Security Administration
  • 1940 - 1943 : Photographer, Look magazine
  • 1943 - 1946 : Photo officer, United States Army Signal Corps, China, Burma, and India
  • 1946: Chief photographer, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, China
  • 1946 - 1971 : Director of photography, Look magazine
  • 1947: Married Grace Goodman
  • 1956: Published Photojournalism. New York: American Photographic Book Co.
  • 1961 - 1971 : Adjunct faculty, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1963: Published Creative Color in Photography. Philadelphia: Clifton Books
  • 1967: Published, with William Saroyan, Look at Us; Let’s See; Here We Are; Look Hard, Speak Soft; I See, You See, We All See; Stop, Look, Listen; Beholder’s Eye; Don’t Look Now, But Isn’t That You? (Us? U.S.?). New York: Cowles Education Corp.
  • 1970: Published Color Photography Now. New York: American Photographic Book Co.
  • 1971 - 1972 : Editor, Infinity, magazine
  • 1972 - 1976 : Associate editor, Parade magazine
  • 1976 - 1985 : Director of photography, Parade magazine
  • 1978: Published The Depression Years. New York: Dover Publications
  • 1979: Published Arthur Rothstein: Words and Pictures. New York: Amphoto/Billboard Publications
  • 1981: Published American West in the Thirties. New York: Dover Publications
  • 1984: Published Arthur Rothstein’s America in Photographs, 1930-1980. New York: Dover Publications
  • 1985: Died, New Rochelle, N.Y.
  • 1986: Published posthumously Documentary Photography. Boston, Mass.: Focal Press

From the guide to the Arthur Rothstein Papers, 1936-2000, (bulk 1952-1985), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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