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Goodyear #5, Niagara Falls, New York

1989 John Pfahl Born: New York, New York 1939 chromogenic print sheet: 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Consolidated Natural Gas Company Foundation © 1989, John Pfahl 1991.27.3 Not currently on view

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John Pfahl’s photographs embody the conflict between progress and preservation. Throughout the 1980s he focused on oil refineries and power plants. He chose sites strategically based on their location in picturesque settings, where he observed a “transcendental” connection between industry and nature. Goodyear #5 complicates popular notions of power plants by revealing an uncommonly beautiful view of a sometimes controversial structure.

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013


Architecture - industry - Goodyear #5

Architecture - industry - power plant

Landscape - New York - Niagara Falls

photography - photoprint



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About John Pfahl

Born: New York, New York 1939

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