On Assignment: The Photojournalism of Horace Bristol

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Opens Saturday, Nov. 16

Some of the most striking and memorable images to come out of the Great Depression were photographed by LIFE magazine Horace Bristol, who with The Grapes of Wrath author John Steinbeck traveled to California in the 1930s to document the struggles of migrant workers escaping the barren hope of the American Dust Bowl. From that experience came a series of photos that showed California was anything but promising for the displaced Midwest farmers and their families starving for work. Some of those images are part of a new exhibit opening Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. On Assignment: The Photojournalism of Horace Bristol runs through March 16 and also includes photography taken during World War II, in postwar Japan and in the American West. An impressive body of work, On Assignment demonstrates the power of photography and depths of Bristol’s empathy and curiosity. Read more at www.ou.edu/fjjma.

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