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Ralph Steiner (Born in 1899) was born in Cleveland to a lower-class Czech family. He was a key figure among avant-garde filmmakers in the 1930s and was a pioneer documentarian. Though he studied chemical engineering at Dartmouth, his interest was in photography so in 1921 he began studying Photography at the Clarence H. White School. One of his first jobs was to make for Robert Flaherty some illustrative plates. He worked on making photogravure plates depicting scenes from “Nanook of the North” by Robert Flaherty. Not long after, he began working as a freelance photographer in New York. He worked mostly for publications and in advertising. Around 1927, through the encouragement of Paul Strand, his fellow photographer, the artist joined the left-of-center Film and Photo League. He taught art and was considered "the most sincere and healthiest artist in the bourgeois cinema and photo. In 1929, he made his first film that captured the abstract patterns generated by waves. He influenced the photography of Walker Evans, offering him technical assistance, while giving him guidance, and one of his view cameras. Framed Ralph Steiner art are in great demand because they come ready to hang. They adorn the walls of many buildings around the world. His still photographs are notable for their sometimes bizarre matter, odd angles, and abstraction. However, his experimental films are considered central to the literature of early avant-garde American cinema, and the influence of his visual style continues to be seen. He inspired many artists including Timoleon Wilkins, Peter Hutton, Larry Gottheim, Andrew Noren, and Dorsky.
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