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Between and Mortarboard

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White Post and Spandrel, Columbia, California

Accession Number

White Post and Spandrel, Columbia, California

Ansel Adams

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

29 in x 23 in (73.7 cm x 58.4 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 3/16 in (49 cm x 36 cm);32 1/8 in x 26 1/8 in (81.6 cm x 66.36 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This photograph of a wooden post holding up a dilapidated tin roof reveals the capacity of photography to transform even the most banal of subjects. Here, the dark wall and door of the house in the background of the image almost disappear behind the ghostly, glowing white column. The vertical beam of the post creates a strong T shape with the horizontal line of the tin roof that dominates the composition and flattens the depth of the image. The print was published in a portfolio of 10 landscape photographs that spanned a twenty-year period of time; this image offers a nostalgic yet unsettling interpretation of the architecture of the American countryside.

Physical Description
Photograph of a white painted post holding up the tin roof of a porch.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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documentary photography
modern and contemporary art
posts (structural elements)
spandrels (wall components)
vernacular architecture

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