Gramercy Park, New York: April 24, 1997

Vera Lutter1997

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, United States

Vera Lutter is well-known for her straight-forward, monumental photographs of urban landscapes, historic monuments, and industrial sites created with a camera obscura (“dark room” in Latin), a device which was used to produce direct images of reality before the invention of photography. A camera obscura is made by creating a small opening in an otherwise sealed room or chamber. Light from an external source penetrates the opening, which acts as a lens, and is cast, upside down, on an opposite surface. Lutter hangs black-and-white photographic paper on the opposite wall to capture the image. The resulting pictures are one-of-a-kind paper negatives. Gramercy Park, New York is an early example of this process.


  • Title: Gramercy Park, New York: April 24, 1997
  • Creator: Vera Lutter
  • Creator Lifespan: 1960
  • Creator Nationality: German
  • Creator Gender: Female
  • Date: 1997
  • Physical Dimensions: w51.8 x h59.2 cm (sheet)
  • Type: Photographs
  • Rights: © Vera Lutter
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Target Collection of American Photography, museum purchase funded by Target Stores, The Manfred Heiting Collection

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