The doll-is he a photographer?" peers through a magnifying glass at the negative of an image of Paris taken by Lissitzky in 1928. The artist’s interest in the photogram and negative images may relate to his experience being x-rayed for tuberculosis in 1924. Later that decade, Lissitzky experimented extensively with positive and negative versions of photograms. A photogram provides a negative image
of the objects placed on the sensitized paper. Using the photogram as a negative reverses that reversal to create a positive print. Printing a mix of positive and
negative images on the same sheet of paper allowed Lissitzky to add a sense of three-dimensionality to the silhouettes yielded by the photogram process.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (10/19/2014-1/11/2015): "Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Phorography," cat. no. 52, p. 88.
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