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Family on relief

Date April 1941
Location Chicago Illinois United States
Dimensions Image: 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. (26 x 34.3 cm)
Paper: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

Shown holding his young relative, this boy was a high school student, making a 'strenuous effort' to 'improve himself and the lot of his family,' wrote Rosskam. Lee made innovative use of synchronized flash lighting to capture telling details of interior scenes.

Credit line

Museum Purchase, 2003

Feedback Accession No. 16.2003