Exhibitions/ Art Object

Sealed Power Piston Rings

Artist:
John Paul Pennebaker (American, 1903–1953)
Date:
1933
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.3 x 34 cm (9 15/16 x 13 3/8 in.) Frame: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
1934 Art and Industry Exhibition Photograph Collection, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass. (olv work 490168)
Not on view
Pennebaker was a star photographer at Underwood and Underwood Studios, an agency specializing in news, advertising, and stock photography. This diabolical image, created to promote a new type of automobile engine piston, was included in a 1934 exhibition of the era’s most innovative advertising photography held at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.