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Untitled (Tenements, New York)

Consuelo Kanaga (American, 1894-1978)

Untitled (Tenements, New York), c. 1937

  • Gelatin silver print
  • 7 11/16 x 6 1/16 in. (19.5 x 15.4 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: The Paul Strand Trust for the benefit of Virginia Stevens Gift, 2008-69
  • Digital image © 2008 The Jewish Museum, New York Photo by Ardon Bar Hama

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Untitled (Tenements, New York)

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Untitled (Tenements, New York)

Kanaga captures a view of the backyard space between a block of tenements. The viewer peers down into barren and unkempt backyard spaces. Above these ground-floor backyards, the view is a veritable tangle of laundry lines strung across the space. Backlit by sunlight, the laundry is, for the most part, stark white and appears to glow. The viewpoint suggests that Kanaga took this photograph from another one of these tenements.