The Coconut Factory

The Coconut Factory

c. 1930 (printed 1979)

Ralph Steiner

(American, 1899-1986)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 12.8 x 9.9 cm (5 1/16 x 3 7/8 in.); Paper: 12.8 x 9.9 cm (5 1/16 x 3 7/8 in.)

Gift of Murray and Therese Weiss 2016.316

Description

Between 1900 and 1929, industrialization and rapid economic growth led to the creation of numerous factories. But many of them went idle or reduced their output and work schedule during the Depression. Steiner was born in Cleveland to a working-class Czech family. Like Doris Ulmann, whose work is nearby, he began as a fine art photographer in the Pictorialist style. However, soft focus and romanticized views soon gave way in his work to modernist formalism and sharp-eyed urban views such as this.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.