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On Assignment: the Photojournalism of Horace Bristol

November 16, 2013 - March 16, 2014

On Assignment


Horace Bristol achieved critical and popular acclaim in 1938 for his photographs of migrant workers in California during the Great Depression. Accompanied by writer John Steinbeck, Bristol attempted to draw attention to the plight of the dispossessed, and Steinbeck later drew upon the experience for his seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath. 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 6 pm, November 15.


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Click here to view the exhibition gallery guide.


Click here to read David Wrobel's essay about John Steinbeck and Horace Bristol.


This exhibition sponsored by the Oklahoma Gazette.




Friday February 28, 7 pm

Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium


David Wrobel, Professor, Merrick Chair of Western History, OU Department of History, and other speakers TBA

Horace Bristol (U.S., 1908-1997)

Tom Joad, from The Grapes of Wrath Series, 1938

Black and white silver gelatin print, 11.25 x 9.1875 in.

The Horace and Masako Bristol Trust