Gelatin silver print, solarized
Image: 23.3 x 17.6 cm (9 3/16 x 6 15/16 in.)
Gift of David Raymond 2008.174
© The Brassaï Estate - RMN
Solarization is a partial reversal of tones in an image caused by re-exposing a negative or positive to light during the development process. Like many of the techniques explored by Surrealist photographers, it distances the photograph from the factual recording of reality. Originally discovered in 1862 by Armand Sabattier, it was rediscovered around 1930 by Lee Miller and Man Ray (Man Ray’s portrait of Miller is in the Avant-Garde Portrait section of the exhibition).
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