Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.2 x 18.7 cm (9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.); Paper: 25.3 x 20.3 cm (9 15/16 x 8 in.)
Gift of William and Margaret Lipscomb 2021.209
Margaret Bourke-White launched her career as a professional photographer in Cleveland.
Bourke-White photographed the start of construction of Cleveland’s Lorain-Carnegie Bridge (now the Hope Memorial Bridge. Industrial imagery was not a traditional subject for women, but it attracted Bourke-White. "To me . . . industrial forms were all the more beautiful because they were never designed to be beautiful. They had a simplicity of line that came from their direct application of purpose. Industry . . . had evolved an unconscious beauty—often a hidden beauty that was waiting to be discovered."
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