Exhibitions/ Art Object

Sealed Power Piston Rings

John Paul Pennebaker (American, 1903–1953)
Gelatin silver print
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.)
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.
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National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

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