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Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Blighted Areas

Artist: Peter Sekaer (American, born Denmark, 1901 - 1950)
Date: ca. 1935-1940
Medium: Vintage gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 × 7 in. (12.7 × 17.8 cm.)
Image: 4 11/16 × 6 11/16 in. (11.9 × 17 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Joel Meyerowitz, 2016.78
Accession number: 2016.78
Classification: photograph
Label Text Sekaer worked for a variety of federal agencies in the 1930s and 1940s, such as the Rural Electrification Administration, the Office of War Information, and the Office of Indian Affairs. In doing so, he was able to document the realities of a variety of social and economic circumstances, which in turn generated a broader awareness of them. Furthermore, this donation creates what may be the largest holding of images by Sekaer in an American museum. Taken as a whole, these gifts not only add significantly to the Art Center’s photography holdings, but they coalesce to form a growing representation of the history of photography. Source: Jan Feb Mar 2017 News
InscriptionPF126167 (verso l,c in graphite); BL28 (verso l,r in graphite)
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