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The Bridge

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The Bridge

John Francis Strauss

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Medium & Support
photogravure on Japanese tissue

8 1/4 in x 11 7/8 in (21 cm x 30.1 cm);14 1/4 in x 19 1/4 in (36.2 cm x 48.9 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Label copy
Strauss met Alfred Stieglitz through the Camera Club of New York, and he joined Stieglitz’s new publication devoted to photography, Camera Work, as associate editor from 1903–1910. One of the founding Fellows of the Photo-Secession, Strauss participated in the group’s exhibitions and had works reproduced in Camera Work.
Carole McNamara, Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions
on the occasion of the exhibition New York Observed: The Mythology of the City
(July 13 – September 22, 2003)

Subject matter
In this photograph, published in Camera Work, no. 3 (1903), John Francis Strauss frames an expansive view of the city of New York at twilight. The glow of the city silhouettes the Brooklyn Bridge as the structure reaches diagonally across the East River in the background. The bridge is dotted with artificial lights that pierce the black background of the darkened cityscape. Snow-covered rooftops in the foreground reflect ambient light and cause the overlapping city buildings to read as a cacophony of geometric shapes.

Physical Description
View of the Brooklyn Bridge stretching across the East River at twilight with city buildings in the foreground. 

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architecture (object genre)
cityscapes (representations)
modern and contemporary art
suspension bridges

3 Related Resources

Technology and Modernity in Photography 1900-1948
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
The City in Photography 1900-1948
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)
The Modern Metropolis
(Part of 7 Learning Collections)

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