Thurman Rotan (American, 1903-1991)
gelatin silver print, montage, Image: 11.50 x 8.20 cm (4 1/2 x 3 3/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2007.117
Born and raised in Texas, Rotan got a job working for a New York museum photographing artworks.
His personal work emphasized the geometry, radical perspectives, and dramatic energy of the new New York. A 1932 essay on his work demonstrated American jingoism by praising Rotan’s photographs
as "not the disordered jargon of photo-montage imported from decadent capitals abroad, but keen
and sane assemblages singing a fresher song."
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (10/19/2014-1/11/2015): "Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Phorography," cat. no. 38, p. 71.