Gelatin silver print
Image: 23.9 x 17.7 cm (9 7/16 x 6 15/16 in.); Paper: 23.9 x 17.9 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2007.107
© Ministère de la Culture / Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN
A photographer who produced experimental images that related to both modernism and Surrealism, Parry also had a commercial studio. He produced this image for a promotional campaign for André Maurois’s science fiction tale The Weigher of Souls (Le Peseur d’ames), in which a doctor’s experiments to find immortality reveal that life force is a gas that escapes the body at death. The photograph illustrates a sentence from the book about a ball that contained the spirits of two brothers captured in an invisible beam of light.
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