Small Harbor, Marseilles

Artist: Herbert Bayer (American (born Austria), Haag 1900–1985 Montecito, California)

Date: 1928

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 37.2 x 24.2 cm (14 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.1100.8

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Director of the Bauhaus typography and advertising workshop, Herbert Bayer took up the camera about 1925, initially using photography in relation to his design work and later pursuing it for its own sake. In 1928, he traveled to Marseille, where he photographed the boats docked in the harbor from overhead, exploiting the camera's capacity to transform everyday reality into patterned abstractions.