Aug 21, 2007

Untitled (Man and Railroad Tracks)

Untitled (Man and Railroad Tracks)


Maurice Tabard

(French, 1897–1984)

Gelatin silver print

Platemark: 17.7 x 23.7 cm (6 15/16 x 9 5/16 in.); Matted: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1992.330



Among the most significant photographs created during Maurice Tabard's long career are those he made during the 1920s. Sharing an affinity with Surrealism, this enigmatic portrayal of a man crouching amidst a series of railroad tracks suggests a mysterious dreamworld. The aerial viewpoint and unusual cropping cause the railroad tracks to appear to tip forward, while the man seems to be falling out of the photograph.

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