Herbert Bayer (American, born Austria, 19001985)
Gelatin silver print; 14 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (37.2 x 24.2 cm)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.8)
Director of the Bauhaus typography and advertising workshop, Herbert Bayer took up the camera about 1925, initially using photography in relation to his design work and later pursuing it for its own sake. In 1928, he traveled to Marseille, where he photographed the boats docked in the harbor from overhead, exploiting the camera's capacity to transform everyday reality into patterned abstractions.