Misty Day, Fifth Avenue

Accession Number

Misty Day, Fifth Avenue

Ralph Steiner

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1923, printed 1981

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

4 15/16 in x 4 in (12.54 cm x 10.16 cm);19 ⅜ in x 14 ⅜ in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm);4 15/16 in x 4 in (12.54 cm x 10.16 cm);19 ⅜ in x 14 ⅜ in (49.21 cm x 36.51 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern

Subject matter
This photograph depicts traffic on Fifth Avenue, New York in the early 1920s. The photograph is divided into two planes that cut diagonally across the frame. The bottom-left half of the image depicts cars and people in the street and on the sidewalk. The upper-right half of the image comprises two-city blocks of buildings, illustrating a variety of architectural styles. 

Physical Description
Bird's-eye view of Fifth Avenue on a misty day. This photograph is divided into diagonal geometric planes created by the buildings and street below, which are filled with pedestrians and vehicles. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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New York City
bird's-eye views
buildings (structures)
passenger vehicles
people (agents)
street scenes

3 Related Resources

New York City
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
The Modern Metropolis
(Part of 7 Learning Collections)
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)

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