On Assignment: The Photojournalism of Horace Bristol | Nov 16, 2013 - March 16, 2014

Horace Bristol achieved critical and popular acclaim in 1938 for his photographs of migrant workers in California during the Great Depression. Bristol continued to use the camera as a tool for cultural and social awareness over the next decade and created an impressive body of work that includes images of the American West, Bali, World War II, and postwar Japan. This exhibition's private opening reception will be preceded by a lecture at 6pm, November 15.
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"Young Balinese Djanger Dancer Performs" Silver gelatin print 1939

"Young Balinese Djanger Dancer Performs" Silver gelatin print 1939

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"Cowboys, New Mexico" Pigment print 1939 Ranching has been a relatively stable economic and cultural foundation for New Mexican communities for centuries. Bristol’s image of two cowboys on horseback, probably from the McMillan ranch in Mangas Valley, captures the romance of ranching life. They are depicted riding through a recent snow in the high desert with an immense blue sky behind them.

"Cowboys, New Mexico" Pigment print 1939 Ranching has been a relatively stable economic and cultural foundation for New Mexican communities for centuries. Bristol’s image of two cowboys on horseback, probably from the McMillan ranch in Mangas Valley, captures the romance of ranching life. They are depicted riding through a recent snow in the high desert with an immense blue sky behind them.

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"Public Bath" Silver gelatin print 1946 Full body tattoos are often associated with the Japanese criminal gang, the Yakuza. This type of public bath is known as onsen, where people can bathe in a natural spring, and they provide a forum where the Yakuza can display their tattoos. Steam was believed to heighten the colors of the tattoos.

"Public Bath" Silver gelatin print 1946 Full body tattoos are often associated with the Japanese criminal gang, the Yakuza. This type of public bath is known as onsen, where people can bathe in a natural spring, and they provide a forum where the Yakuza can display their tattoos. Steam was believed to heighten the colors of the tattoos.

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"Torpedo Planes in Formation over Carrier" Silver gelatin print 1942 The photograph of this formation of torpedo planes was taken above the coast of Morocco. The photograph was part of the action that Bristol witnessed during “Operation Torch,” the official name of the invasion of northern Africa. The purpose of “Operation Torch” was to gain complete control of North Africa from French Morocco to Tunisia.

"Torpedo Planes in Formation over Carrier" Silver gelatin print 1942 The photograph of this formation of torpedo planes was taken above the coast of Morocco. The photograph was part of the action that Bristol witnessed during “Operation Torch,” the official name of the invasion of northern Africa. The purpose of “Operation Torch” was to gain complete control of North Africa from French Morocco to Tunisia.

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"Three Priests with Umbrellas at Nikko Shrine" Resin coated print 1947 There are many temple structures in Japan that house sacred aspects of Shintoism, but the Nikko Tosho-gu is among the most important. The architecture is very elaborate and, in the photograph, a trio of Shinto priests stroll with their parasols to protect themselves from the rain. They wear clothing characteristic to Shino priests: white robes, a black hat, and a small wooden scepter.

"Three Priests with Umbrellas at Nikko Shrine" Resin coated print 1947 There are many temple structures in Japan that house sacred aspects of Shintoism, but the Nikko Tosho-gu is among the most important. The architecture is very elaborate and, in the photograph, a trio of Shinto priests stroll with their parasols to protect themselves from the rain. They wear clothing characteristic to Shino priests: white robes, a black hat, and a small wooden scepter.

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"Tom Joad" Silver gelatin print 1938 John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, narrates the story of a family of migrant farmers as they travel from Oklahoma to California. Through main characters like Tom Joad, Steinbeck portrays the life of a Dust Bowl family struggling to survive. Horace Bristol’s portrait of the migrant farmer that influenced Steinbeck’s character shows a rough, wrinkled face, which was a result of long exposure to the sun and possibly a poor diet.

"Tom Joad" Silver gelatin print 1938 John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, narrates the story of a family of migrant farmers as they travel from Oklahoma to California. Through main characters like Tom Joad, Steinbeck portrays the life of a Dust Bowl family struggling to survive. Horace Bristol’s portrait of the migrant farmer that influenced Steinbeck’s character shows a rough, wrinkled face, which was a result of long exposure to the sun and possibly a poor diet.

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"Melee for the Baton" Pigment print 1946 During the celebration of the Lunar New Year in the Kwannon Temple at Saiddaiji, Shinto priests, just out of camera range, throw two scented batons into a crowd of worshippers eager for the blessing attached. Bristol used a flash to lighten the ensuing melee as the men search aggressively for the camphor-laced batons.

"Melee for the Baton" Pigment print 1946 During the celebration of the Lunar New Year in the Kwannon Temple at Saiddaiji, Shinto priests, just out of camera range, throw two scented batons into a crowd of worshippers eager for the blessing attached. Bristol used a flash to lighten the ensuing melee as the men search aggressively for the camphor-laced batons.

"Boy with Goggles"  1948 Silver gelatin print  The Horace and Masako Bristol Trust

"Boy with Goggles" 1948 Silver gelatin print The Horace and Masako Bristol Trust

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