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Ralph Steiner (American, 1899-1986)

Ralph Steiner studied at the Clarence H. White School of Photography, New York, from 1921 to 1922. White, himself, helped the Cleveland-born Steiner find work making photogravure plates at the Manhattan Photogravure Company. In 1923, Steiner went into commercial photography and met Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand, whose "straight photography" he emulated in his views of skyscrapers and vernacular architecture. His first film, H20, was edited by Aaron Copeland. In 1936, Steiner worked with Strand on The Plow That Broke the Plains, a film about the dust bowls, and collaborated with Willard Van Dyke, in 1938, on The City, a critically acclaimed film about New York.
- Anne Strader

Selected Bibliography
Steiner, Ralph. A Point of View. Middletwon, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1978.

Steiner, Ralph. In Spite of Everything, Yes. Albuquerque: Published for Harwood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, by University of New Mexico, 1986.

Steiner, Ralph. In Pursuit of Clouds: Images and Metaphors. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1985.


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