Jan 11, 2007

The Eatable Thief

The Eatable Thief


Frederick Sommer

(American, 1905–1999)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 13.7 x 9.1 cm (5 3/8 x 3 9/16 in.); Matted: 30.6 x 35.6 cm (12 1/16 x 14 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1993.11

Edition: one of eight known prints



This enigmatic photograph exemplifies the provocative, symbolic work of Frederick Sommer, an inventive contemporary photographer. Its focus is a small, gauze-wrapped doll lying in the center of a decaying box. Culled from Sommer's collection of found objects, the objects depicted are not extraordinary, but in this context they have been invested with new meanings. An atmosphere of disintegration and death (Sommer's favorite themes) pervades the image.

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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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