Ralph Steiner

Model T

1929, printed later
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Ralph Steiner's awareness of non-figurative art was undoubtedly nurtured during his year at the Clarence H. White School of Photography. The school's curriculum on the non-representational aspects of picture-making tended toward "design, design, design," as Steiner later complained. This composition demonstrates Steiner's fascination with geometric forms, as well as his ability to transform everyday objects into images that excite a level of contemplation detached from functionality. His radical framing of the car's fender, wheel, and axel testifies to the artist's delight in the curves and radiating spokes, and in the play of shadows.
Title
Model T
Date
1929, printed later
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
25 x 20 cm; image: 24.2 x 19.2 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1991
Accession number
35955