Lot 106: MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE (1904-1971) At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky.
October 25, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE (1904-1971)
At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky. Silver print, the image measuring 9 1/2x13 1/4 inches (24.1x33.7 cm.), the mount 15 3/4x20 inches (38.7x50.8 cm.), with Bourke-White's initials and edition notation 3/200, in pencil, on mount recto, and the LIFE label with Bourke-White's printed facsimile signature, on mount verso. 1936; printed circa 1970
From the Witkin Gallery, New York, New York; to a Private Collector.
According to the Witkin Gallery's original invoice, 'Only nine prints were made of the projected 200, so the correct edition notation should be 3/9.'
Bourke-White had arranged with LIFE to publish a portfolio of 12 classic images, of which The Louisville Flood was the first picture. Due to her death in 1971, the publication was never completed or fulfilled. In the 1990s, the LIFE Gallery of Photography began issuing posthumous prints from Bourke-White's negatives in a slightly smaller format. These later LIFE photographs were produced with Bourke-White's embossed facsimile signature in an edition of 50 numbered copies, which quickly sold out.