Palmetto Gnome

Palmetto Gnome

c. 1948-1950

Val Telberg

(American, 1910-1995)

Gelatin silver print, solarized photogram and multiple negatives

Image: 27.8 x 22.8 cm (10 15/16 x 9 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1989.402

Edition: unique print

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Influenced by Surrealism, Val Telberg specialized in dreamlike images in which the combination of separate negatives transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary. For Palmette Gnome he used several darkroom manipulations, including sandwiched negatives, photogram, and solarization. Thus, a woman's face is printed on the dark outline of a hand, while palm leaves suggest her hair and shoulders.

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