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Man Drinking Water From His Hands

20th Century
9 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (23.81 cm x 18.73 cm)

Eleanor Milder, American, d. 20th Century

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1939.28
Eleanor Milder's gelatin silver print, Man Drinking Water From His Hands was taken during the United States' Great Depression. The Dust Bowl heat wave during this time caused crop failures and severely limited access to water. This devastating event had a huge toll on the people of the United States. Milder's contemporary was photographer Dorothea Lange, whose famous image Migrant Mother, was also photographed during this time, and depicts a mother and two of her children struggling. Knowledge of the severe impact of heat wave on agricultural communities reached a large public because the Farm Security Administration of the United States funded photographers to document people struggling during the Great Depression. Milder's photograph provokes viewers to ponder the relationship of water in our lives and the long history of power struggles that dictate the availability of water.

--Lena Toney, December 2016

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (23.81 cm x 18.73 cm)
  • Mount Dimensions: 18 in. x 14 in. (45.72 cm x 35.56 cm)

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Stephanie Hanor, ed. Moments of Impact. Moments of Impact Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2017

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