Exhibitions/ Art Object

Empire State Building

Artist:
Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940)
Date:
1930s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
10.0 x 12.2 cm (3 15/16 x 4 13/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.325
Not on view
Hine took to great heights for this well-known photograph of a construction worker on the Empire State Building taking a break to enjoy a cigarette. Hine’s photograph juxtaposes the ordinary (a short break from work) with the extraordinary (the awe-inspiring view of the city). The recently completed Chrysler Building, whose height the Empire State Building eclipsed, appears prominently amid the haze in the middle distance as if already relegated to history.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso LL, LR: "72.159.1561", "GEH Neg. 9358"
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, de-accessioned; (sold, Swann, New York, 26 April 1979, Lot #375, to Waddell); John C. Waddell;

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Thomas Hart Benton’s 'America Today' Mural Rediscovered," September 30, 2014–April 19, 2015.

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