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Basque Glass Bottle

20th Century
9 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (24.13 cm x 19.37 cm)

Sonya Noskowiak, American, (1905–1975)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1941.31
Sonya Noskowiak was born in Germany and moved with her family to Los Angeles at age fifteen. Ten years later, she began her career in photography at the L.A. studio of John Hagemeyer. In 1929, Noskowiak began a five-year stint as a darkroom assistant to Edward Weston, with whom she was a member of Group f/64.

This architectural portrait of a glass vessel exhibits the aesthetic principles of Group f/64’s innovations in straight photography. Noskowiak captures the detail of the glass surface against the dark atmosphere by closing the camera lens to the smallest aperture—f/64—and leaving the shutter open for an extended period of time. Defining a sharp focus on a transparent form, highly contrasted against a deep black backdrop, Noskowiak achieves stunning technical form.

--Sarah Renning, December 2015

Exhibition List
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  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (24.13 cm x 19.37 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 24 in. x 20 in. (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm)

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