Western Plaster Mill, Los Angeles

Object Details

Title:

Western Plaster Mill, Los Angeles

Artist/Maker(s):

Edward Weston (American, 1886 - 1958)

Culture:

American

Date:

1925

Medium:

Palladium print

Dimensions:

19.2 x 24 cm (7 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Copyright:

© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

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The faint vertical lines of the corrugated tin siding, softly bisected by horizontal lines where the sheets of metal are joined, establish a vertical thrust in this composition. The bold diagonal lines of the roofs intersect the anonymous-looking structure in dynamic bursts, while the three dark forms of windows and pipe balance the graphic tone of the image. A fine layer of white dust coats the visible surfaces, presumably from the smokestacks spewing a white cloud overhead.

Exhibitions
Edward Weston: The Home Spirit and Beyond (November 25, 1986 to February 1, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), November 25, 1986 to February 1, 1987
Edward Weston: Enduring Vision (July 31 to November 25, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 31 to November 25, 2007
Bibliography

Danly, Susan and Weston J. Naef. Edward Weston in Los Angeles, exh. cat. (San Marino, California: Huntington Library, 1986) pl. 7, titled: "Plaster Works"

Hargraves, Michael. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Photographs (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999) p. 81.