Dec 5, 2007

The Light That Never Was on Land or Sea, I

The Light That Never Was on Land or Sea, I

c. 1927–30

Francis Bruguière

(American, 1879–1945)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.4 x 18.3 cm (9 3/16 x 7 3/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Ruthe and Heinz Eppler Fund 1994.104



Francis Bruguière spent his career exploring new photographic forms. From the early 1920s to the early 1930s he photographed shapes or cut-paper designs that were dramatically lit to create complex, abstract patterns of light and dark. In the late 1920s he introduced figurative elements into these compositions. In this example, the fluid lines of the slashed paper define a head and upper torso. Keeping the lens continuously open, Bruguière moved his light source across the paper construction to create multiple, overlapping shadows cast from varying directions.

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