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Plaster Works, Los Angeles

Accession Number

Plaster Works, Los Angeles

Edward Weston

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

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. 

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Collection Area

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architecture (object genre)
industrial plants (structures)
mills (buildings)

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