|Born and raised in California, Horace Bristol (American, 1908–1997) began his career as a freelance photographer in San Francisco in the late 1920s. By the 1940s, he was a leading documentary photographer for magazines such as Life, Fortune, and Time. Influenced by the work of Dorothea Lange, Bristol proposed a picture story for Life in 1937 on dust bowl migrants and asked writer John Steinbeck to collaborate with him. |
This exhibition, which complements the Dorothea Lange exhibition, presents the pictures Bristol created while he and Steinbeck traveled together to California labor camps in the winter of 1937–38. The artists later translated the same subject into their respective mediums. Although Bristol's planned photographic book was never realized, these images were used as reference material while casting and costuming the 1940 film version of The Grapes of Wrath.
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