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Springs Industries, New York. Textile, ca. 1935. Cotton, 57 1/2 x 36 in. (146.0 x 91.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1997.7 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.7_edited_SL1.jpg)
overall, 1997.7_edited_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Photomontage is as old as the medium of photography itself. As early as 1857, Oscar Rejlander produced “the Two Ways of Life,” and the next year Henry Peach Robinson composed “Fading Away.” Photomontage is the superimposition of one negative upon another and then printing them. Or it could be the juxtaposition of various photographs that are then re-photographed to produce one new image. Photomontage was of great interest to artist who wished to expand the aesthetic possibilities of photography as an art form. The photomontage on textile illustrated here includes various views of the Manhattan skyline and street scenes of New York: the Empire State Building; the Manhattan Bridge; Grand Central Station; New York Stock Exchange; Statue of Liberty; Grant's Tomb; Penn Station; Castle Garden; Washington Square; Brooklyn Bridge; Sherman Monument; and New York Harbor. Although the designer and manufacturer are unknown, it has been suggested that by depicting America’s most famous and glamorous city through a conspicuously factual approach acted as a morale booster during the Great Depression of the 1930s, in a similar way to that of the cityscape murals produced by the Works Progress Administration. Emphasizing American accomplishments during the Great Depression was meant to inspire hope and pride. Last year a home-made shirt-waist dress made of this same textile was on the antiques’ market for $100,000; clearly this Depression era memento has reached new economic heights!
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