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Ford, New York City
Ralph Steiner (American, Cleveland 1899–1986 Hanover, New Hampshire)
Gelatin silver print
24.1 x 19 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1974
Rights and Reproduction:
© Ralph Steiner, compliments of Estate
Not on view
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Steiner was one of a number of artists, among them Walker Evans and Berenice Abbott, who eschewed geometric abstraction and machine culture for a more documentary, objective rendering of everyday life in New York City. They were interested, for example, in the costume and gait of anonymous pedestrians, the urban forest of billboards and shop windows, and the new car culture. Unlike the gleaming visions of advertising executives, Steiner's dusty Ford comfortably wears the marks of human use.
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