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1323-29 Southwest First Avenue

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Minor White, 1323-29 Southwest First Avenue, 1939, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects, public domain, L42.3.37

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Title

1323-29 Southwest First Avenue

Artist

Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Date

1939

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 10 1/2 in x 12 5/8 in; sheet: 10 1/2 in x 12 5/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Minor White, graphite, lower right

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Books, Portfolios, and Manuscripts

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects

Accession Number

L42.3.37

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Picturing Oregon

storefronts

streetscapes

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Place Made

Created in and depicts: Portland

Created in and depicts: Oregon

Description

Minor White began his photographic career in Portland, becoming a member of the Oregon Camera Club and teaching photography at the YMCA. In 1939 the Federal Art Project (FAP), a division of the government’s Works Progress Administration, hired White to document the Front Avenue district, a once-active business zone being readied for demolition and highway construction. By 1940 White was traveling to art centers in Salem, Gold Beach, and La Grande to teach photography courses for the FAP. The federal government placed more than one hundred of the photographs that White created during this time period on permanent loan with the Museum, establishing the foundation of the institution’s photography collection.

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