Stefan Themerson

Untitled

1928, printed later

Artist
Stefan Themerson 1910–1988
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Support: 461 × 283 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisitions Committee 2016
Reference
P81614

Display caption

In the late 1920s the Themersons began to experiment with camera-less photography. Here, they used light, liquid, and in some cases branches of plants, to create abstract images. Photograms are made by laying objects directly on photo-sensitive surfaces and exposing them to light. In this case, Franciszka positioned objects on a glass shelf and moved the lights above. Stefan, lying underneath the glass shelf used a camera to photograph the arrangement from below. This process allowed the Themersons to create multiple prints of the abstract compositions.

Gallery label, February 2020

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