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House, Monticello, Minnesota

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1957

Artist:

John Szarkowski
American, 1925–2007

About this artwork

Tremendously influential at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he was director of photography between 1962 and 1991, John Szarkowski also had an active career as a photographer, producing a book on the architecture of Louis Sullivan and a publication for the 1958 Minnesota centennial titled The Face of Minnesota. This image of a humble porch was included in the latter work, alongside photographs of residents, industry, vernacular architecture, and rolling landscapes to form a portrait of the state at 100. He wrote that he had “tried to show the land and its people and their work … to give a lively and an honest sense of what the place is really like.” Szarkowski’s unvarnished depiction of a home that is aging, yet preserved with dignity, hints at the character of its inhabitants.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

John Szarkowski

Title

House, Monticello, Minnesota

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1957

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

31.3 × 25.3 cm (12 3/8 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg

Reference Number

1988.396.20

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