Untitled (Rayograph)

Untitled (Rayograph)

1926-1928

Man Ray

(American, 1890-1976)

Gelatin silver print from a photogram

Image: 16.5 x 12.3 cm (6 1/2 x 4 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.91

Description

The photogram process produces a unique print, which can be a problem if the image turns out to be popular, like this one. The solution, which Man Ray used here, is to make a negative of the photogram, probably by photographing it, and make multiple prints from that negative. The inclusion of two light sources—a candle and an industrial lighting tube—underline the central role of light in photograms and indeed, all photography. The tiny glass beads appear in a photogram section of Man Ray’s 1923 film Le Retour à la raison.

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