Akron


Artist
Andre Kertész (Hungarian, 1894 – 1985)
Date
Original photograph 1947; this print 1972
Medium
Photogravure
Dimensions
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Sheet/image : 8 7/16 x 6 5/8 in. (21.43 x 16.83 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2020.71

Label
Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th centuries, many European and American industrial factories used nearby rivers, lakes and oceans as convenient dumping grounds for the unwanted byproducts of their manufacturing operations. These byproducts often contained long-lasting toxic chemicals that polluted the water and contaminated the sediments at the bottom of the waterways. This image is a photogravure print based on a photograph taken in 1947 by the Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész of a factory in Akron, Ohio. In the middle decades of the 20th century, Akron was known as “The Rubber Capital of the World” for its extensive tire manufacturing industry. Today few tires are made in Akron but water and soil pollution caused by that industry remain an ongoing problem. 
 

Object Type
Print