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Untitled

1988.17
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Artist

Man Ray

Title

Untitled

Creation Date

1921

Medium & Support

gelatin silver print

Dimensions

8 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (22.3 cm. x 17.4 cm.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund

Accession Number

1988.17

Copyright

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Photograms are camera-less images produced by placing objects onto photographic paper. Depending on the exposure time, the transparency of the object used, and the distances between object, paper, and light, the process may produce clearly defined silhouettes or nearly unrecognizable blurs. While the process had existed since photographic paper was invented, Man Ray claimed to have discovered the technique by accident, and called his own versions “rayographs.”
 


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