Margaret Bourke-White, Workers, Grand Coulee (“Construction Area: Extreme Danger”) (1937). Breaking Away: Modernism in photography since World War I, Michael Shapiro Photographs and Richard Nagy, London, 6 February-27 March. $100,000-$300,000. (© LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images; Courtesy of Michael Shapiro).
This gelatin silver print is part of an exhibition of around 50 vintage photographs presented by the New York-based dealer Michael Shapiro at the London gallery of Richard Nagy. Alongside experimental images of the body by the likes of Edward Weston are documentary photographs, such as this Depression-era work by Margaret Bourke-White. It was used as the title page illustration for a 1937 Fortune article on the Grand Coulee Dam project. In total, 21 images by the US photojournalist were used for the article about the social impact of the dam.