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Pilaster and Hood Molding, Dodd Building (Southwest Front and Ankeny)

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Minor White, Pilaster and Hood Molding, Dodd Building (Southwest Front and Ankeny), 1938, 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, L42.3.21

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Title

Pilaster and Hood Molding, Dodd Building (Southwest Front and Ankeny)

Artist

Minor White (American, 1908-1976)

Date

1938

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 13 1/2 in x 10 5/8 in

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

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

L42.3.21

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Picturing Oregon

Works Progress Administration Artworks

Place Made

Created in and depicts: Portland

Created in and depicts: Oregon

Description

Viewed with Dodd Building's Iron Dog [see Related Artworks], these two prints from the same negative demonstrate White's experimentation with print density. One print, noticeably darker in tone, suggests a moodier scene. Testing different tones and densities demonstrates White's belief that his WPA prints were more than straightforward documents. That both prints were mounted, titled, and signed suggests the artist's approval of both versions of the scene.

Known as the Dodd Block, this iron-front building was erected in 1888 and demolished in 1942.

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