About this artwork
This work is from the first group of photograms Man Ray made, prompted by seeing works by Christian Schad (an example hangs nearby). Silver mirroring, the bluish metallic sheen visible along the edges of this print, is a kind of dete-rioration common on gelatin silver prints. The photograph’s appearance has been changed by oxidation, which makes the silver particles that form the image migrate from their original positions. Moisture is a major cause of mirroring. This is evident in the rectangle of silver near the top of the image—the result of pasting the print to the album page with a water-based adhesive. Mirroring can be reduced by chemical treatments, but this particular form of deteriora-tion appeals to collectors and historians and is often left untouched.
- Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
- United States
- Gelatin silver print, from the album "Champs Délicieux (Delicious Fields)"
- No markings recto or verso
- 22.7 x 16.9 cm (image/paper)
- Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund
- © 2018 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris