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Plaster Works, Los Angeles

Accession Number
2000/2.145

Title
Plaster Works, Los Angeles

Artist(s)
Edward Weston

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1925

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
8 in x 10 in (20.32 cm x 25.4 cm);7 3/8 in x 9 3/8 in (18.73 cm x 23.81 cm);16 1/16 in x 20 in (40.8 cm x 50.8 cm);13 1/4 in x 15 1/16 in (33.66 cm x 38.26 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, in memory of Morris D. Baker, a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Architecture, 1952

Subject matter
The plaster works building is photographed from an oblique angle. The perspective and the soft light of the image flattens the geometric angles of the building's achitecture. In the background, the stacks blow plaster dust into the atmosphere. The white dust covers the architecture of this building, which reads in black and white tones. This photograph depicts a scene from what Weston referred to as “the impossible village”: Los Angeles. Taken in 1925, at a time when the village was transforming into a city, with the very materials produced by this mill. 

Physical Description
A photograph of an oblique view of a plaster mill in Los Angeles, California. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
architecture (object genre)
buildings
chimneys
industrial plants (structures)
mills (buildings)
plaster
smoke
smokestacks

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