Tramway do Rio do Ouro/Vista do trem de serviço

Object Details

Title:

Tramway do Rio do Ouro/Vista do trem de serviço

Artist/Maker(s):

Marc Ferrez (Brazilian, 1843 - 1923)

Culture:

Brazilian

Place(s):

Brazil (Place depicted)

Date:

1880s

Medium:

Gelatin silver printing-out paper print

Dimensions:

26.5 x 39.4 cm (10 7/16 x 15 1/2 in.)

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One train halts on a track, while another train with a much larger steam engine waits behind it. A number of individuals on the train pose for the photographer, a customary practice in railroad photographs. Marc Ferrez made this image to document one of the new railroads expanding throughout Brazil in the 1880s for state-sponsored geological commission, but it also demonstrates a clear disparity between two socio-economic classes. A group of laborers stands out in the sun on the left, while the well-dressed men on the right remain under the shade of a canopy.

Exhibitions
Railroad Vision (March 3 to June 23, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 5 to June 23, 2002