John Gutmann, ‘Switch to Dodge, Detroit’, 1936, Heritage Auctions
John Gutmann, ‘Switch to Dodge, Detroit’, 1936, Heritage Auctions
John Gutmann, ‘Switch to Dodge, Detroit’, 1936, Heritage Auctions
John Gutmann, ‘Switch to Dodge, Detroit’, 1936, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 14 x 17 inches; cornered in to a window mat; a few small areas of silver mirroring in the top half of the image; a few small spots of possible retouching to the upper half and along the lower left edge.

Signature: Signed in pencil on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About John Gutmann

Trained as a painter in pre-war Germany, John Gutmann moved to America in 1933, when he picked up a camera, taught himself how to use it, and went on to become one of the foremost photojournalists of the 20th century. With his keen eye for composition and attunement to the avant-garde, he captured the character of his adopted country with artfulness and wit. In 1936, he embarked upon a cross-country road trip, photographing from coast-to-coast, amassing a body of images of Depression-era America. He also focused on the burgeoning car culture, street scenes, and, like Walker Evans, the sign-riddled American landscape. Gutmann served as a photographer with the U.S. Army during WWII, documenting the Pacific theater. His photographs have been published in national and international publications and shown worldwide; they reflect what he described as “the marvelous extravagance of life.”

German-American, 1905-1998