Photo-Transformation

A work made of manipulated internal dye diffusion print.

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  • A work made of manipulated internal dye diffusion print.

Date:

1973

Artist:

Lucas Samaras
American, born 1936

About this artwork

In 1973 the Polaroid company gave Lucas Samaras an SX-70 camera that produced a new kind of photograph— what came to be known simply as a Polaroid. It featured the so-called integral system, in which the photograph is developed and fixed without the intervention of the pho-tographer. While watching the image forming, Samaras determined that the film’s image-receiving layer remained highly malleable for several minutes after it is ejected from the camera. Taking advantage of this feature, he manipulated this layer in a variety of ways to transform his images, blurring photography, drawing, and painting. A marvel of engineering and chemistry, instant integral films can contain as many as 20 layers. Because of this structural complexity, there is often little a conservator can do to repair a work once it has been damaged.

On View

Photography, Gallery 10

Artist

Lucas Samaras

Title

Photo-Transformation

Origin

United States

Date

1973

Medium

Manipulated internal dye diffusion print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; verso unchecked

Dimensions

7.9 x 7.8 cm (image); 10.8 x 8.8 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert and Gayle Greenhill

Reference Number

1991.980

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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