Apr 24, 2014
Apr 24, 2014

Gypsy Palmist

Gypsy Palmist


Dora Maar

(French, 1907-1997)

Gelatin silver print, ferrotyped

Image: 26.8 x 24 cm (10 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 30.3 x 24 cm (11 15/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.150


Did you know?

Dora Maar used a lightweight, handheld Rolleiflex camera, which allowed her to photograph street scenes quickly.


In 1934 Dora Maar traveled to London where she photographed street life, documenting the harsh reality of those trying to survive during the Great Depression, but also finding some lighter, surreal scenes like this one. From the street below, she captured the strangely disembodied head and hands in the palm reader’s window at a skewed angle that emphasizes the uncanny sight.

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