Plaster Works/Western Plaster Mill, Los Angeles
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© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

Edward Weston
American, Los Angeles, 1925
Palladium print
7 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.

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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.