- Stefan Themerson 1910–1988
- Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
- Support: 461 × 283 mm
- Purchased with funds provided by the Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisitions Committee 2016
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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