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Times Square at Night

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Photographer unknown

About this artwork

Scrawled on the back of this photograph are the words, Times Square NY at night the way it looks after you have looked around a while at lights and signs. Multiple, overlaid images of glowing advertisements evoke the exhilaration with which electric illumination was greeted in the early twentieth century. With no indication of ground or scale, the lights overwhelm the senses, transforming the city into a phantasmagoric space akin to the world of movies and variety shows. This similarity is underscored in the unknown photographer’s fascination with the marquees of dance halls like the Chinese-American club Chin Lee and of Hollywood hits like Strange Interlude.


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Unknown (Photographer)


Times Square at Night


Made 1932


Gelatin silver print


Image/paper: 25.3 × 20.5 cm (10 × 8 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund; Wirt D. Walker Trust; Gladys N. Anderson, the Mary and Leigh Block Endowment, and Centennial Major Acquisitions Income funds; partial gift of Herbert and Barbara Molderings

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