Original black and white photograph, circa 1930 to 1950, 13" by 10 1/4" inside the mat (20 1/2" by 16 1/2" as framed), bearing on the reverse of the photo the rubber stamp of mid century California photographer WILL CONNELL (1898-1961). The subject is a complex industrial machine, with lots of cables and wires, steel and wheels, and even some sparks coming from somewhere. At upper left center is a strategically placed human hand, lending some added interest to an already fascinating study of machinery and industrial production. The photographer was born in Kansas in 1898. By the late twenties he was in the Los Angeles area, where, basically self taught, he began to work in commercial photography for such publications as Life, Sunset, Time, U.S. Camera, and Vogue. He hung with the Hollywood intelligentsia and soon began to work as a press photographer for the motion picture industry, photographing starlets and the famous. In 1941 he published a book "The Missions of California", in which his images of all the missions appeared. Connell taught at the Art Center of Design in Pasadena for the last thirty years of his life. Today his contribution to photography is well documented. This example shows some silvering up to about one inch in from the edges but seen head on this is not an issue. This is an elegant industrial image and would lend design style to any interior. ALLOW FOR GLASS REFLECTIONS AND DUST ON THE GLASS. .
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