American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Reason

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Diagonals

Diagonals
Arthur D. Chapman
Diagonals
(Christopher St. from the 8th St. Station of the Sixth Avenue El, New York), 1913
Platinum print (195.5b)

The now demolished El and Victorian Gothic Jefferson Market to the right were in photographer Chapman's own Greenwich Village neighborhood. He remarked that he "used one of the Sixth Avenue elevated stations twice a day for several months" before he discovered this view, adding: "There is too much searching after things strange and unusual in themselves, and not enough analysis and selection of new viewpoints from which to record familiar things."

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