New York Street Scene

New York Street Scene

1911

Karl F. Struss

(American, 1886-1981)

Platinum print

Image: 8.7 x 11 cm (3 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Paper: 8.7 x 11 cm (3 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Primary mount: 9.2 x 11.6 cm (3 5/8 x 4 9/16 in.); Secondary mount: 10.5 x 12.7 cm (4 1/8 x 5 in.)

Gift of Diann G. Mann and Thomas A. Mann 2019.29

Location

Fun Fact

This elevated train station on the Sixth Avenue Line was demolished in 1939, replaced by an underground line.

Description

A successful photographer, Struss was also an inventor and entrepeneur. He developed and manufactured the Struss pictorial lens, which allowed focus to be varied from a soft atmospheric quality to sharp focus. It may not be coincidental that this foggy cityscape evokes a film noir mood. Moving to Hollywood after World War I, Struss became an innovative cinematographer and won the first Academy Award given for that profession.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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