New York in the 1940s was a vibrant city that provided photographers with a rich reservoir of iconography. Alive to the graphic opportunities, Rebecca Lepkoff captured skyscrapers, store windows, railways, pedestrians, children and laundry lines. Looking out from a friend's apartment window, Lepkoff spotted a ready-made composition: intersecting laundry lines strung with clothing and linen of varied sizes and transparencies, created an animated composition of lines, rectangles, and squares. Modern art had opened the door to the exploration of everyday life. In the United States, the Ash Can School was particularly instrumental in making banal subjects acceptable material for artists.