Margaret Bourke-White

George Washington Bridge

1933
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Margaret Bourke-White made this extraordinary image of the George Washington Bridge for Fortune magazine, as part of a series of photographs of structures under the jurisdiction of the Port of New York Authority. At the time of its completion in 1931, this was one of the longest single-span suspension bridges in the world. Industry and massive engineering feats were popular subjects amongst poets, writers and visual artists, and the bridge offered the opportunity to explore extreme perspectives and complex geometry. The French architect Le Corbusier declared it "the most beautiful bridge in the world… the only seat of grace in the disordered city."
Title
George Washington Bridge
Date
1933
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
34.6 x 22.6 cm; image: 34.6 x 22.6 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2003
Accession number
41282