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Untitled, from the series "Homage to Niépce"

A work made of dye diffusion print with silk insertion, graphite, and colored pencil on paper.

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  • A work made of dye diffusion print with silk insertion, graphite, and colored pencil on paper.

Date:

1982

Artist:

Paolo Gioli
Italian, born 1942-2022

About this artwork

To pay homage to photography pioneer Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce, Paolo Gioli made direct Polaroid impressions of an engraved portrait of the cardinal of Amboise that Niépce had used to produce several heliographs, his early photographic invention. Following in Niépce’s experimental footsteps, Gioli tested the constraints of mass-produced instant film, peeling apart the freshly exposed negative while it was still developing and making multiple transfers of the diffusing dyes. He altered the transfers further with masks (strings or fabrics placed between the paper and the negative to block dye transfer), pencils, and tapes. Like specimens from the dawn of photography, the resulting unique artworks defy common conceptions of photography—and also call for cautious handling and exhibition.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Paolo Gioli

Title

Untitled, from the series "Homage to Niépce"

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1982

Medium

Dye diffusion print with silk insertion, graphite, and colored pencil on paper

Dimensions

15.2 × 15.7 cm (image/paper); 25 × 35.2 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Photography and Media Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1983.920

Extended information about this artwork

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