Ham & Eggs

Ralph Steiner

(Cleveland, Ohio, 1899 - 1986, Hanover, New Hampshire)

1929 (printed 1945)

Gelatin silver print

10 in. x 8 in. (25.4 cm x 20.32 cm)

Gift of Therese and Murray Weiss


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To pay his bills, the artist Ralph Steiner worked as a freelance advertising and magazine photographer. Humor helped him cope with the pressures and confines of commercial work. He wrote that this image, which he made on assignment, “…is what I did to avoid certification to a mental hospital when told to photograph a plate of ham and eggs. In God’s name how does one photograph a plate of ham and eggs? My escape was to amuse myself.”


signed and dated on verso in pancil

Black and White
United States