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State Street, Jewelry Shop

A work made of dye imbibition print.

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  • A work made of dye imbibition print.


c. 1951


Arthur Siegel
American, 1913–1978

About this artwork

A student and later a faculty member at the Institute of Design, where he taught on and off for three decades, Arthur Siegel was known for photographs that combined avant-garde experimentalism with documentary practice. Beginning in the late 1940s, he worked almost exclusively in color—a highly unconventional choice for the time. In 1951, shortly after undergoing Freudian psychoanalysis, he began the series In Search of Myself, which captured anonymous shoppers on Chicago’s State Street as a means to explore the relationship between identity and consumerism. In this image, Siegel took advantage of the repeated reflections in shop windows to blend shoppers, commodities, and the streets in a dizzying urban bustle.

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Arthur Siegel


State Street, Jewelry Shop


United States


Made 1946–1954


Dye imbibition print


16.7 × 25.4 cm (image/paper); 30.5 × 38.1 cm (mount)

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Gift of Arthur Siegel

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