BEN GLAHA (1899-1970) Steel forms, Hoover (Boulder) Dam. Oversize silver print, the image measuring 12 1/4x16 1/2 inches (31.1x42 cm.), the sheet 16x20 inches (40.6x50.8 cm.), with caption and numeric labels, a hand stamp, and numeric notations, in pencil, on verso. Circa 1935
The Hoover Dam was built during the Great Depression under the aegis of the Bureau of Reclamation, a government agency. Ben Glaha was hired to photograph all aspects of the massive dam's construction. His photographs were used in press releases, periodicals, books, pamphlets, and slide shows to demonstrate that the dam was structurally sound and that federal funds were being used appropriately.
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