Gypsy Palmist

Gypsy Palmist

1934

Dora Maar

(French, 1907-1997)

Gelatin silver print, ferrotyped

Image: 26.8 x 24 cm (10 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 30.3 x 24 cm (11 15/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.150

Did you know?

Dora Maar used a lightweight, handheld Rolleiflex camera, which allowed her to photograph street scenes quickly.

Description

In 1934 Dora Maar traveled to London where she photographed street life, documenting the harsh reality of those trying to survive during the Great Depression, but also finding some lighter, surreal scenes like this one. From the street below, she captured the strangely disembodied head and hands in the palm reader’s window at a skewed angle that emphasizes the uncanny sight.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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