May 12 – July 2
Reception:  Thursday, May 12, 7-9pm

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Esther Bubley, Girl sitting alone in the Sea Grill, Washington D.C., 1943, gelatin silver print.
Copyright Estate of Esther Bubley, courtesy of the Stephen Cohen Gallery.

Stephen Cohen Gallery announces an exhibition of black and white images created by one of the true pioneers of photojournalism, Esther Bubley, which will take place May 12 – July 2.   In looking at the breadth of her long career as a photojournalist, one cannot escape the fact that she worked very well with people — putting their humanity front and center — whether it was a soldier sleeping in a bus station waiting to return home or workers repairing the Brooklyn Bridge. The show will open with a reception on May 12th from 7 to 9 p.m.

Born in Phillips, Wisconsin, Bubley (1921–1998) became interested in photography at an early age and left home in her late teens to study at the Minneapolis School of Design. Upon completing a one-year program, and a brief stint at Vogue, Bubley moved to Washington, D.C. in 1941 where wartime jobs for women were plentiful to earn a living doing the one thing she loved most – photography.  

During the initial months following her move to Washington, Bubley ventured throughout the nation’s capitol photographing wartime subjects. These honest and austere images of life on the home front eventually caught the eye of legendary Roy Stryker who recruited Bubley to work with him on his ongoing document of American life, a project which he started at the FSA, moved to the Office of War Information (OWI) and continued after the war under the auspices of the Standard Oil of New Jersey (SONJ). Notable among the SONJ stories are two Bubley projects, the 1945 portrayal of the oil town Tomball, Texas and the 1947 “Bus Story” which explored the role of long-distance bus travel in rapidly-changing American life. Images from these stories are included in this exhibition along with other significant work from from the 40s and early ‘50s.

Bubley also produced numerous photo-essays, several cover stories for LIFE, and a major piece called "How America Lives" for Ladies' Home Journal, a celebrated series which ran intermittently between 1948 and 1960.

Her photographs are in many private and corporate collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the National Portrait Gallery, George Eastman House, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Library of Congress.
The show will take place in conjunction with the publication of “Esther Bubley on Assignment” published by Aperture, which will be available for purchase at the gallery.  The Stephen Cohen Gallery <> is located at 7358 Beverly Boulevard and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

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