1946 Japan - Fine Art Signed Photo by Horace Bristol
I have sold Horace Bristol's photographs for over 20 years. I have received prices of up to $2,000 each. I'm new to Bitcoin and eager to make a deal to get me started. This is a hugh reduction in retail price by a world famous photographer. He was active in Japan after WW2 and I will post others soon.
This photo is gelatin silver printed from the original negative and signed on the mat and on the reverse by Horace Bristol. The image is 10x10 inches and it is matted to 16x20. Free Shipping.
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1908 - 1997
Internationally known photojournalist Horace Bristol is noted for his poignant image of Depression-era Americans, his graphic depiction of World War II naval scenes and his views of postwar Asians, from rice farmers and pearl divers to royalty and military leaders.
During the 1930s, Bristol worked in San Francisco with such photographic luminaries as Ansel
Adams, Edward Weston, Imogene Cunningham and Dorothea Lange before being hired as one of the original staff photographers for LIFE magazine.
In 1942, legendary photographerEdward Steichen invited Bristol to join an elite group of seven
professional photographers, known as “Steichen’s Chickens’” because of their leader’s mother
hen tendencies. As part of their unique and unorthodox team, Bristol photographed men and airplanes of the United States Navy aircraft carriers in the Pacific as well as several ventures in the Atlantic.
Perhaps Bristol’s most famous photographs are those taken when he was accompanied by John Steinbeck in California’s Central Valley. Envisioning a book project and photo essay for LIFE magazine about Oklahoma farmers driven from the dustbowl to work as migrant labor in California, Bristol asked Steinbeck to accompany him to write the text for this piece. However, after several weekends of traveling amongst the workers and getting their stories in words and pictures, Steinbeck informed Bristol that the material was so strong that he intended on using it
for a novel. “Grapes of Wrath” was born. The photo essay book died, but Bristol’s photographs of the workers, a few of which made it into LIFE and Fortune magazines, were used years later when the studio was casting for the film version of “Grapes of Wrath.”
Immediately following the war, Bristol became Fortune magazine’s Asian correspondent and later opened a freelance business in Tokyo. During this time he was he only photographer to record Prince Shlanouk of Cambodia’s coronation. Bristol also lived for several months with President Sukarno of Indonesia and photographed Chiang Kai-Shek and his army in exile in Taiwan.
Horace Bristol retired from photography in 1956 and his work was not re-discovered until the mid-1980s. A career retrospective of his work, curated by John Nichols occurred in his old hometown at the California Oil Museum
in the exhibit, “Welcome Home Horace Bristol,” and previously at the Ventura County Museum of History and Art in the exhibit entitled, “World War II: The Camera Remembers.”
Horace Bristol was a resident of Ojai.
Horace Bristol was born and raised in Whittier, California, and attended the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Center_College_of_Design Art Center of Los Angeles , originally majoring in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Architecture architecture . In 1933, he moved to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco San Francisco to work in commercial photography, and met http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansel_Adams Ansel Adams , who lived near his studio. Through his friendship with Adams, he met http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Weston Edward Weston , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imogen_Cunningham Imogen Cunningham , and other artists.
In 1936, Bristol became a part of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_(magazine) Life 's founding photographers, and in 1938, began to document migrant farmers in California's central valley with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Steinbeck John Steinbeck , recording the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression Great Depression , photographs that would later be called the Grapes of Wrath collection.
In 1941, Bristol was recruited to the U.S. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Aviation_Photographic_Unit Naval Aviation Photographic Unit , as one of six photographers under the command of Captain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_J._Steichen Edward J. Steichen , documenting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II World War II in places such as South Africa, and Japan. Bristol helped to document the invasions of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_African_campaign North Africa , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Iwo_Jima Iwo Jima , and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa Okinawa .
Following his documentation of World War II, Bristol settled in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo Tokyo , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan Japan , selling his photographs to magazines in Europe and the United States, and becoming the Asian correspondent to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortune_(magazine) Fortune . He published several books, and established the East-West Photo Agency.
Following the death of his wife in 1956, Bristol burned all his negatives, packed his photographs into storage, and retired from photography. He went on to remarry, and have two children. He returned to the United States, and after 30 years, recovered the photographs from storage, to share with his family. Subsequently he approached his alma mater, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Center_College_of_Design Art Center College of Design , where the World War II and migrant worker photographs became the subject of a 1989 solo exhibition. The migrant worker photos would go on to be part of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Paul_Getty_Museum J. Paul Getty Museum 's Grapes of Wrath series.
Bristol lived in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ojai,_California Ojai, California , until his death in 1997 at the age of 89. Bristol's work is displayed around the world, including the Getty Museum and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County_Museum_of_Art Los Angeles County Museum of Art In 2006, a documentary was made, The Compassionate Eye: Horace Bristol, Photojournalist, written and directed by David Rabinovitch.
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