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[Utility Lines]

Artist:
Johan Hagemeyer (American, born The Netherlands, 1884–1962)
Date:
1928
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.1 x 16.4 cm (9 1/16 x 6 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.72
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2013 Jeanne Hagemeyer – All Rights Reserved
Not on view
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.
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