Mar 24, 2022
Mar 24, 2022

Rising Cantilevers

Rising Cantilevers


Margaret Bourke-White

(American, 1904–1971)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.2 x 18.7 cm (9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in.); Paper: 25.3 x 20.3 cm (9 15/16 x 8 in.)

Gift of William and Margaret Lipscomb 2021.209


Did you know?

Margaret Bourke-White launched her career as a professional photographer in Cleveland.


Bourke-White photographed the start of construction of Cleveland’s Lorain-Carnegie Bridge (now the Hope Memorial Bridge). Industrial imagery was not a traditional subject for women, but it attracted Bourke-White. "To me . . . industrial forms were all the more beautiful because they were never designed to be beautiful. They had a simplicity of line that came from their direct application of purpose. Industry . . . had evolved an unconscious beauty—often a hidden beauty that was waiting to be discovered." A print of this image was exhibited at the museum in the 1929 May Show.

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