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Fifth at Yamhill (Public Service Building)

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Minor White, Fifth at Yamhill (Public Service Building), ca. 1939, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration. New Deal Art Project, public domain, L42.3.17

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Title

Fifth at Yamhill (Public Service Building)

Related Titles

inscribed: 5th at Yamhill

Artist

Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Date

ca. 1939

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 13 1/4 in x 9 3/4 in; sheet: 13 1/4 in x 9 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

title: 5th at yamhill, graphite, bottom left

signature: Minor White, graphite, bottom right

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Courtesy of the Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration. New Deal Art Project

Accession Number

L42.3.17

Copyright

public domain

Terms

bus terminals

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Picturing Oregon

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Place Made

Created in and depicts: Portland

Created in and depicts: Oregon

Description

At first glance, this photograph appears to be a straightforward view of Portland's bus depot and its surrounding blocks. A closer look at the lower left corner of the image reveals tonal reversal, also known as solarization, perhaps caused by a light leak during the development of the negative: While most of the photograph appears normal, the street sweeper, awning, and lamppost appear as negative. Whatever the reason for the solarization, White believed it to be a valuable part of the composition, finding it worthy of including in his WPA portfolio.

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