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Arthur Rothstein


Arthur Rothstein joined LOOK Magazine as a staff photographer in 1940 and, upon returning from serving in World War II, was named the Director of Photography, a position he held until the magazine’s demise in 1971. Before joining LOOK, Rothstein cemented his reputation as a significant image maker while working for the Farm Security Administration documenting the plight of Americans trying to survive the Depression. The materials available online are a selection of 40 assignments made for the magazine throughout the 1940s and 1950s, including several assignments documenting the city’s changing architecture (including ongoing work at the Empire State Building (1947) and construction on Park Avenue in 1957). Additionally, Rothstein covered the social life of the city an photographed everyday people in such assignments as The Cries of New York (1952) and New York in the Summertime (1949) and portrait sessions with starlets including Audrey Hepburn, Rosemary Clooney, and Dorothy Dandridge.
Art Students League Ball [Costumed ball guests.]

Art Students League Ball [Costumed ball guests.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman sitting on a man's lap at a table as a police officer looks away.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman sitting on a man's lap at a table as a police officer looks away.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman sitting on a man's lap at a table with another man.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman sitting on a man's lap at a table with another man.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman sitting on a man's lap at a table with another man.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman sitting on a man's lap at a table with another man.]


Art Students League Ball [Guests putting their costumes on.]

Art Students League Ball [Guests putting their costumes on.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman adjusting another woman's costume.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman adjusting another woman's costume.]


Art Students League Ball [Women adjusting their elaborate costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [Women adjusting their elaborate costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [Guests arriving at the ball, while a police officer watches.]

Art Students League Ball [Guests arriving at the ball, while a police officer watches.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman walking up a staircase.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman walking up a staircase.]


Art Students League Ball [People in a lobby.]

Art Students League Ball [People in a lobby.]


Art Students League Ball [Two photographers.]

Art Students League Ball [Two photographers.]


Art Students League Ball [Guests arriving at the party and walking up a stairway.]

Art Students League Ball [Guests arriving at the party and walking up a stairway.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman walking through a door.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman walking through a door.]


Art Students League Ball [Party guests in a hallway.]

Art Students League Ball [Party guests in a hallway.]


Art Students League Ball [Two people posing by a sign.]

Art Students League Ball [Two people posing by a sign.]


Art Students League Ball [People in line.]

Art Students League Ball [People in line.]


Art Students League Ball [People in line and a staircase.]

Art Students League Ball [People in line and a staircase.]


Art Students League Ball [Students making costumes for the ball.]

Art Students League Ball [Students making costumes for the ball.]


Art Students League Ball [Guests arriving at the ball.]

Art Students League Ball [Guests arriving at the ball.]


Art Students League Ball [Elaborately costumed men.]

Art Students League Ball [Elaborately costumed men.]


Art Students League Ball [Costumed guests.]

Art Students League Ball [Costumed guests.]


Art Students League Ball [Costumed party guests.]

Art Students League Ball [Costumed party guests.]


Art Students League Ball [Man holding a white shirt.]

Art Students League Ball [Man holding a white shirt.]


Art Students League Ball [Costumed couples dancing.]

Art Students League Ball [Costumed couples dancing.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman in a chair.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman in a chair.]


Art Students League Ball [Guests walking up stairs.]

Art Students League Ball [Guests walking up stairs.]


Art Students League Ball [Guests on a stairway.]

Art Students League Ball [Guests on a stairway.]


Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman lay on a model of a bull.]

Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman lay on a model of a bull.]


Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman lay on a model of a bull.]

Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman lay on a model of a bull.]


Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman lay on a model of a bull.]

Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman lay on a model of a bull.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People moving costumes up stairs.]

Art Students League Ball [People moving costumes up stairs.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman in a chair.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman in a chair.]


Art Students League Ball [People moving costumes and equipment up stairs.]

Art Students League Ball [People moving costumes and equipment up stairs.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People making their costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [Two men helping Deborah Kerr with her costume.]

Art Students League Ball [Two men helping Deborah Kerr with her costume.]


Art Students League Ball [Woman putting on lipstick as a man offers her a wig.]

Art Students League Ball [Woman putting on lipstick as a man offers her a wig.]


Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman with her costume.]

Art Students League Ball [Man helping a woman with her costume.]


Art Students League Ball [Men helping woman with her costume.]

Art Students League Ball [Men helping woman with her costume.]


Art Students League Ball [People posing with their unfinished costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People posing with their unfinished costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People posing with their unfinished costumes.]

Art Students League Ball [People posing with their unfinished costumes.]


Art Students League Ball [People finalizing Deborah Kerr's outfit.]

Art Students League Ball [People finalizing Deborah Kerr's outfit.]


Art Students League Ball [People finalizing Deborah Kerr's outfit.]

Art Students League Ball [People finalizing Deborah Kerr's outfit.]


Art Students League Ball [People finalizing Deborah Kerr's outfit.]

Art Students League Ball [People finalizing Deborah Kerr's outfit.]


Art Students League Ball [People adjusting Deborah Kerr's dress.]

Art Students League Ball [People adjusting Deborah Kerr's dress.]


Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr trying on a dress.]

Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr trying on a dress.]


Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr trying on a dress.]

Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr trying on a dress.]


Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr trying on a dress.]

Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr trying on a dress.]


Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr getting her dress altered.]

Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr getting her dress altered.]


Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr getting fitted for a dress.]

Art Students League Ball [Deborah Kerr getting fitted for a dress.]


Art Students League Ball [Two men helping Deborah Kerr with her costume.]

Art Students League Ball [Two men helping Deborah Kerr with her costume.]


Art Students League Ball [Group of people talking.]

Art Students League Ball [Group of people talking.]


Art Students League Ball [Group of people talking.]

Art Students League Ball [Group of people talking.]


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