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Close up view of rusting metal and a crumpled license plate

In saturated black and white, we see a close view of parts of various metal scraps in a heap. At lower center sits a license plate, folded haphazrdly in on itself with the letter “A”, the number “919” and in smaller letters the word “STATE” partly visible. At upper left, a dented metal fragment has a circular valve opening. At upper right, a larger piece appears to be the corner of the curved hood of an antique car, with large areas of rust showing where sections of paint have peeled off. Narrow black bands from photographic film show at the left and right edges of the image.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Richard Avedon, American (New York, NY 1923 - 2004 San Antonio, TX)
Interstate 95 Newark, NJ 5/18/63
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, New Jersey, Newark
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Physical Descriptions

Gelatin silver print
Gelatin silver print
sheet: 50.5 × 60.6 cm (19 7/8 × 23 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: On verso, in graphite: Avedon
  • stamp and inscription: On verso, in black ink and graphite: Interstate 95 / Newark, New Jersey, 5/18/63 / The prints in this edition are the first and only to be made from this negative with the possible exception of one for exhibition purposes. / This original photograph may not be reproduced without the written permission of Richard Avedon / Copyright 1963 by Richard Avedon / All rights reserved. / Neg. no. / edition of X number / Avedon A.P. 3/3


Recorded Ownership History
Richard Avedon; to, [Gary Schneider and John Erdman, New York], gift/sale; to Harvard Art Museums, 2016. Note: Printed in collaboration with the artist or the artist's estate and retained by Schneider/Erdman per agreement.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Artist's proof 3/3

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Schneider/Erdman Printer's Proof Collection, partial gift, and partial purchase through the Margaret Fisher Fund
© The Richard Avedon Foundation
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 1110 Mid-Century Abstraction II (Post-Painterly Abstraction), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/12/2018 - 10/04/2018

Subjects and Contexts

  • Analog Culture

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