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
© 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Dora Maar used a lightweight, handheld Rolleiflex camera, which allowed her to photograph street scenes quickly.
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.
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