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Auction: Photographs Evening Sale
was auctioned on: 1 April 2015
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Lewis Wickes Hine

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Estimate: US$15,000 - US$20,000
Price realised:  US$16,250
Lot number 1, Views: 138

Lewis Wickes Hine Team Work, Empire State Building, New York City 1930 Gelatin silver print. 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (19.1 x 18.1 cm) Titled, dated in pencil and 'Hastings-on-Hudson, New York' credit stamp on the verso; collection label on the reverse of the backing board.
Provenance Private Collection, New York Literature Aperture, America & Lewis Hine, p. 112 Langer, Lewis W. Hine, p. 36 Catalogue Essay In the 1920s Lewis Hine transitioned from his early photographs documenting child labor conditions into “work portraits,” which depicted the human element of industrialization. In 1931, the builders behind the Empire State building commissioned Hine to document the construction of the skyscraper that would redefine the New York City skyline and stand as the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years. In order to capture the monumentality and dangers of the project, Hine photographed from the perspective of the workers stories above ground level. Placing himself in precarious situations that mimicked workers’ actual risks, Hine captured the men as they hoisted steel beams and cables thousands of feet up in the air, carefully maneuvering the individual pieces that would fit together to form the building’s structure. Constantly engaging in a delicate dance between progress and peril, with little regard for their own safety, these workers defied the odds and constructed a building that remains an incredible feat of human ingenuity and determination. Today, Hine’s breathtaking photographs of the Empire State Building remain some of his most iconic work and stand as a photographic tribute to the fearless men at the center of 20th century modernization. Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Photographs Evening Sale
Date of the auction: 1 Apr 2015
Address: Phillips
New York