Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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David Douglas Duncan

Beginnings

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Man standing in the bow of a rowboat casting a net upon the water.

"Netcaster," taken on a trip to Mexico during December 1936 and January 1937, was Duncan's first photograph to receive national recognition. A panel of five judges, Margaret Bourke-White among them, awarded this photograph second place in its class in the Third Annual Newspaper National Snapshot Awards, 1937. The photograph, along with the other winning entries, was hung in the National Salon in the Explorers' Hall of the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.