Gelatin silver print
Image: 28.1 x 21.1 cm (11 1/16 x 8 5/16 in.); Paper: 29.2 x 21 cm (11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1997.144
© Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
According to László Moholy-Nagy, photography offered an entirely new way of seeing, an “unprejudiced optical view.”
Moholy’s Eiffel Tower is disorienting, framed to eliminate any horizon line or context. Smaller, lighter cameras that appeared in the 1920s encouraged odd vantage points such as bird’s- and worm’s-eye views. Moholy and others employed them to shock viewers into understanding the new relationship between man and space exemplified by the airplane and skyscraping structures like the Eiffel Tower.
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