Mar 2, 2006

Photogram #9

Photogram #9

c. 1946

Arthur Siegel

(American, 1913–1978)

Gelatin silver print, photogram

Image: 35.2 x 27.9 cm (13 7/8 x 11 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1995.242



Arthur Siegel's 50-year involvement in photography took him into almost every branch of the profession. Although he began his career as a photojournalist and commercial photographer, it was as a teacher and experimenter with creative uses of 35mm color film and the photogram (a cameraless technique) that he achieved the most recognition. Siegel's interest in photograms came from his early student work at the New Bauhaus in Chicago with László Moholy-Nagy. In this dynamic print filled with bold patterns of light and dark, Siegel inventively explored his passion for experimental, abstract photography.

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