Front / Recto

  • Title Street Fair, Slide
  • Negative Date 1928
  • Print Date 1928–39
  • Medium Gelatin silver print
  • Dimensions Image 9 × 6 1/8" (22.9 × 15.6 cm)
  • Place Taken Paris
  • Credit Line Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of David H. McAlpin, by exchange
  • MoMA Accession Number 1751.2001
  • Copyright © Estate Germaine Krull, Museum Folkwang, Essen

Back / Verso

  • Mount Type No mount
  • Marks and Inscriptions Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, top left: Group-32-. Stamped in green ink on sheet verso, top center: [first part of word cut off] WORLD INC./231 PARK AVENUE SOUTH/NEW YORK, N.Y. 10001/212-777-4214 [oriented upside down with respect to image]. Stamped in red ink on sheet verso, center: MENTION OBLIGATOIRE/COPYRIGHT BY/Germaine KRULL/PARIS [with square outline]. White label affixed to sheet verso, bottom center, with text printed in black ink: Authors' and Artists' Representative/Anne Louise Moore/Times Building/New York City/Tel. BRyant 9-3394. Stamped in blue ink on sheet verso, bottom right: PHOTOWORLD/110 WEST 32 STREET/NEW YORK, N.Y. 10001/AREA CODE 212-565-7675. Inscribed in pencil on sheet verso, bottom center: PF 25583.
  • Provenance The artist, Paris. Schostal picture agency archive, Vienna [1]; transferred to Christian Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna, early 1990s [2]; to Charles Nes Photography, New York, 1996 [3]; by consignment to Deborah Bell, New York, 1996 [4]; purchased by Thomas Walther, 1996 [5]; purchased by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001.
    [1] Charles Nes, e-mail to Deborah Bell, August 8, 2013.
    [2] Ibid.
    [3] Bell, letter to Simon Bieling, April 4, 2005; Nes, e-mail to Bell.
    [4] Bell, letter to Bieling; MacGill/Walther 2000, p. 20.
    [5] MacGill/Walther 2000, p. 20.


  • Surface Sheen Semireflective
  • Techniques Enlargement
    Double exposure
  • PTM
    View of the recto of the artwork made using reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) software, which exaggerates subtle surface details and renders the features of the artwork plainly visible. Department of Conservation, MoMA
  • Micro-raking
    Raking-light close-up image, as shot. Area of detail is 6.7 x 6.7 mm. Department of Conservation, MoMA
    Raking-light close-up image, processed. Processing included removal of color, equalization of the histogram, and sharpening, all designed to enhance visual comparison. Department of Conservation, MoMA

Paper Material

  • Format Unknown
  • Weight Double weight
  • Thickness (mm) 0.28
  • UV Fluorescence Recto negative
    Verso negative
  • Fiber Analysis Softwood bleached sulfite 95%
    Hardwood bleached sulfite 4%
  • Material Techniques Developing-out paper
  • XRF

    This work was determined to be a gelatin silver print via X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.

    The following elements have been positively identified in the work, through XRF readings taken from its recto and verso (or from the mount, where the verso was not accessible):

    • Recto: P, S, Cl, Ca, Zn, Sr, Ag, Ba
    • Verso: Al, Si, S, K, Ca, Zn, Sr, Ba

    The graphs below show XRF spectra for three areas on the print: two of the recto—from areas of maximum and minimum image density (Dmax and Dmin)—and one of the verso or mount. The background spectrum represents the contribution of the XRF instrument itself. The first graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the lower energy range (0 to 8 keV). The second graph shows elements identified through the presence of their characteristic peaks in the higher energy range (8 to 40 keV).

    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ag, Ba
    Areas examined: Recto (Dmax: black; Dmin: green), Verso or Mount (blue), Background (red)
    Elements identified: Zn, Sr, Ag

In Context

Related Images

Germaine Krull. Photographs reproduced in Edmond Gréville. “Fêtes foraines” (Street fair). Vu, no. 4 (April 11, 1928). Courtesy International Center of Photography. © Estate Germaine Krull, Museum Folkwang, Essen

Historical Publications

  • Gréville, Edmond. “Fêtes foraines.” Vu 4 (April 4, 1928): 92 (as untitled photograph).

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