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Chicago

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1957

Artist:

Ray K. Metzker
American, 1931-2014

About this artwork

A graduate student at the Institute of Design, Ray Metzker executed an ambitious graduate thesis in 1959. Entitled My Camera and I in the Loop, the project comprised 119 photographs taken within the area bounded by the elevated transit line (the El) that encircles the downtown core of Chicago. By confining himself to a defined geographic area, Metzker used the city to study the properties of photography itself. As he wrote of the project, “Ostensibly the Loop imparts hugeness, but it is more than just that. It seems to be the pendant of an intricate web; it is unique and it is magnetic.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Ray Krueger Metzker

Title

Chicago

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1957

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Edition

1 of 10

Dimensions

Image: 18.7 × 18.8 cm (7 3/8 × 7 7/16 in.); Paper: 25.3 × 20.3 cm (10 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Daniel L. and Rosalind Benton Foundation Fund

Reference Number

1998.222

Extended information about this artwork

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