Jan 27, 2022 - Sale 2593

Sale 2593 - Lot 134

Price Realized: $ 2,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,500


Taxi dancers, Fort Peck, Montana.
Silver print, the image measuring 333.4x431.8 mm; 13 1/8x17 inches, the sheet 406.4x508 mm; 16x20 inches, with Bourke-White's facsimile signature blind stamp and edition notation 23/250, in ink, on recto, and the Life Gallery of Photography/Estate of Margaret Bourke-White hand stamp and her credit, title, negative date, printing notations, and Time In. copyright, in pencil, in an unknown hand, on verso. 1936; printed 1990s.

Additional Details

Fort Peck was a major project of the Public Works Administration (PWA), itself part of the New Deal. Construction of Fort Peck Dam started in 1933, and at its peak in July 1936 employed 10,546 workers. Assigned by Henry Luce to cover the massive New Deal project, Bourke-White photographed the dam, the spillway, and daily life in the surrounding boomtown. Her image Fort Peck Dam, Montana was published on the cover of the inaugural issue of LIFE magazine on November 23, 1936.