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Between and Mortarboard

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Shacks and Main Street Buildings

Accession Number

Shacks and Main Street Buildings

George A. Tice

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1965; printed 1971

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

14 1/8 in x 11 in (35.88 cm x 27.94 cm);19 3/4 in x 14 3/8 in (50.17 cm x 36.51 cm);3 7/16 in x 6 7/16 in (8.73 cm x 16.35 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection

Subject matter
This photograph depicts several houses and shacks that remain in the ghost town of Bodie, California, once a bustling settlement for the gold mining community in the late nineteenth century. One of twelve views of Bodie that Tice issued as a portfolio, this view juxtaposes the beauty and timelessness of the natural landscape with the abandoned and degraded structures that remain of the town of Bodie, now a National Historic Landmark. As it appears in Tice's photograph, Bodie invites reflection on the frailty of human ambition, even while the streak of cloud in the sky—perhaps left behind by a departing airplane—gestures to modern development and progress.

Physical Description
Photograph of shacks and abandoned houses in a landscape.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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ghost towns
gold towns
landscapes (environments)
main streets
modern and contemporary art

3 Related Resources

Architecture in photography 1949-1989
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