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John Loengard 
Lewis Wickes Hine "Icarus Atop the Empire State Building" 1931 
[Celebrating The Negative] 
1931 (original image) 2008 (publication) 
  
Gelatin silver print 
Etherton Gallery 
 
LL/28578 
  
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Hands: David Wooters, 3.4.93
 
In 1933 Lewis Hine sent photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building to Survey, a magazine that had published his work for 20 years. Its new art director, however, found his pictures old-fashioned. Hine wrote to defend himself against the woman's preference for abstract design: "I have a conviction that the design registered on the human face through years of life and work is more vital for purposes of permanent record than the geometric patterns of light and shadow that serve so often as mere photographic jazz."
 
This photograph is included in the portfolio Celebrating the Negative photographs by published by John Loengard, Etherton Gallery (2008), pl. 8
 
All photographs copyright John Loengard. Gelatin silver prints printed by Chuck Kelton, Kelton Labs, New York City, under the direct supervision of John Loengard. Printed on Ilford Multigrade Warm Glossy paper. Design and portfolio box construction by Jace Graf, Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, Texas.
 
Celebrating The Negative/Photographs by John Loengard was published by Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, in March, 2008, in an edition of eighteen portfolios, including fifteen numbered copies and three artist's proofs. 
 

 
  
 
  
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