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
© Estate of Val Telberg, Courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery
Edition: unique print
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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