Hagemeyer absorbed many lessons in modernism from his good friend Edward Weston, but he applied them differently. While Weston's embrace of mechanization was limited the pleasures his camera and Victrola provided, Hagemeyer photographed steamships, gas tanks, and other products of modern technological life. Weston would never have taken such an angled view of overlapping telephone wires zinging with the energy of rapid transmissions.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on 2nd mount, recto C [below print]: "John Hage [underlined] meyer 1928-"; signed and inscribed in pencil on 2nd mount, verso UC: "To Elsa - // for Christmas 1928 - // with much happiness for 1929 - // Johan - [underlined]";
Hagemeyer to Naess; Elsa Naess to Kelman; [Mark Kelman to Waddell, February 16, 1981]; John C. Waddell
Elsa Naess was Hagemeyer's lover, later married to Hannes Beckmann.