Apr 17, 2014 - Sale 2345

Sale 2345 - Lot 25

Price Realized: $ 1,188
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
Early 20th-century album with 36 proto-modernist photographs depicting movable dams, flood gates, turbines, the power house, generators, and beautifully engineered structures in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Northern Gateway to Canada. The Sault is home to the world-famous Soo Locks, which connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Silver prints, 7 3/4x9 1/4 inches (18.4x23.5 cm.), each is linen backed, with a caption, inventory number, and date in the negative. Oblong 4to, suede, stained; contents tight. 1899-1902

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The unidentified photographer responsible for these cool and crisp pictures renderd the structures with a meticulous eye that foreshadows the principles associated with the modernist German school known as the Neue Sachlachkeit [New Objectivity]. The fact that his pictures predate this period--they were produced nearly two decades earlier--speaks to a changing cultural environment in which industrial forms came to eptiomize the modern age.