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Esther Bubley

The child's mother

From the series "Emergency Tracheotomy, Pittsburgh Children's Hospital"

(Phillips, Wisconsin, 1921 - 1998)

1952

Gelatin silver print

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of the estate of Esther Bubley

2003.23

More Information

Bubley was living at the hospital as part of a commission to document life in Pittsburgh when she happened upon – and recorded – this dramatic event. Patricia Clark, age 3, was brought to the hospital unable to breathe; an acute infection had closed her throat. The medical team inserted a tube into her throat. This emergency surgery, performed in the hallway without anesthesia and sterile masks and gloves, saved the child’s life.

Marks

E. Bubley stamp and MOMA stamp

Keywords
Documentary
Mother
Gelatin Silver
Black and White