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Power Switches

Artist:
Ralph Steiner (American, Cleveland 1899–1986 Hanover, New Hampshire)
Date:
ca. 1930
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
19.1 x 24.2 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.277
Rights and Reproduction:
© Ralph Steiner, compliments of Estate
Not on view
A decade after Steiner focused on a typewriter in an exercise at Clarence White's photography school, he made this picture of power switches. Although he later complained that all he had learned in the school was "design, design, design," the lessons obviously stood him in good stead.
Inscription: Signed in ink on mount, verso LC: "Ralph Steiner"; inscribed in ink on mount, verso LR: "Negative + // Print made c. 1930 vintage";
Ralph Steiner; [Prakapas Gallery, Bronxville, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (November 6, 1982)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 23, 1989–December 31, 1989.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 28, 1990–April 22, 1990.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 10, 1990–July 15, 1990.

High Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 5, 1991–April 28, 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 8, 1991–August 4, 1991.

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "The New Vision, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia," January 20, 1995–March 26, 1995.

Victoria and Albert Museum. "Art Deco 1910-1939," March 27, 2003–July 28, 2003.

Royal Ontario Museum. "Art Deco 1910-1939," September 15, 2003–January 4, 2004.

Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Art Deco 1910-1939," March 13, 2004–July 5, 2004.

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