Two images of Farmer and Son Walking in Dust Storm, Cimaroon County, Oklahoma, 1936

gelatin silver prints, printed c. 1960
credited, titled and dated on affixed 1960 Museum of Modern Art ‘Art Lending Service’ exhibition label with Publicity Department stamps, credit, title and various numbers in pencil/red pencil (verso)
image: 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (19.1 x 19.1 cm.)
sheet: 10 x 8 in. (25.5 x 20.4 cm.)
gelatin silver print, printed c. 1962
credited and variously numbered in pencil (verso)
image: 13 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (34.8 x 34.5 cm.)
sheet: 17 x 14 in. (43 x 35.7 cm.)

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These prints were made for publicity related to the exhibitions Photographs for Collectors presented by The Museum of Modern Art in 1960 and The Bitter Years: 1935–1941 presented by the Museum in 1962. Throughout the history of the Museum’s Photography Department, primarily from the 1930s through the 1970s, photographers contributing works to exhibitions would oftentimes provide the Museum with multiple prints of the works selected for exhibition. These additional prints would be used for various exhibition-related affairs, most often for being sent to the press for publicity. Such prints were sometimes provided by the photographer or printed at the Museum from original negatives.

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