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The Eads Bridge: Photograph by Quinta Scott



The Eads Bridge: Windtruss

This image of the Windtrussof the Eads Bridge at St. Louis, Missouri ties the east rail deck to the west rail deck is available in an 14 x 11 archival (giclee) print, matted and framed for $400.

Including shipping. Expect two to three weeks for delivery.

This is the first of a series of images that will be offered for sale on this site.

If you are not completely satisfied with your print, you may return the print for a full refund within 30 days.

questions: qs@quintascott.com

About the Eads Bridge Photographs

James Buchanan Eads completed his steel arched bridge across the Mississippi at St. Louis in 1874. Three steel arches, supported between massive stone piers, carry trains and cars across the Mississippi. Trains, now MetroLink, use the lower deck, where the steel structure of the bridge can be seen.

This masterful and powerful photographic image has been purchased by the curators of numerous major museum, corporate, and private collections. Now, it is again available (for a limited time only) and you have the opportunity to  join the exclusive list of owners of photographic works by Quinta Scott.

Years ago, Charles Guggenheim, the great documentary filmmaker, revealed the structure of James Eads' steel-arch bridge across the Mississippi at St. Louis when he mounted his camera on the front of a steam engine and crossed the bridge on its rail deck.

Ten years later, Quinta Scott followed Guggenheim to the rail deck of the essentially abandoned and threatened bridge, a place known only to the gandy dancers who were removing the remaining rails. But she was on foot (not safely on a train) high above the roiling river, braving treacherous, deteriorated wooden catwalks.

She photographed the intricacies of the steel arch: the giant bolts that attach the arches to the piers, the delicate wind trusses that tie the north side to the south side, the zig-zagged main braces that hold the arch ribs together. She trod both banks of the Mississippi to photograph outside of the bridge: the massive abutments, the arched approaches, and the relationship of the bridge to the city, producing an amazing and unforgettable series of black and white photographs. No one before or since has attempted anything like the photographic essay from which these images come.

Robert M. Vogel, Curator at the Smithsonian Institution said, “The Eads Bridge photographs are as comprehensive but artistic a graphic treatment of a major structure as I've ever seen. They could fairly be regarded as definitive, as on par with the best architectural-structural photography I know of."

George McCue, Architectural Critic of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said, "Scott's photographs of the intricate structure of the Eads Bridge are like dissections of the muscles of a behemouth, but they are also a kind of American poetry."

More than thirty influential corporations, museums, and private collectors hold the Eads Bridge images in their collections.

Now, it's your opportunity to add this remarkable photograph to your collection. It is available for a limited time only. Others will be available in the future.

Order now, while it is still possible.

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