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Gelatin silver print, photogram
24,5 x 17,8 cm
Bassenge Photography Auctions
Auction (17 June 2009, Sale 93, Lot 4436)
Signed and dated by the photographer in pencil below the image in lower right corner on the mount.
Encouraged by Leo Katz, in the early 1940s Lotte Jacobi began experimenting in making photographs without using a camera. It was Katz who coined the term "Photogenics" for these renditions of paths of light and for him these images were true "original" art objects, devoid of the reproducible nature of normal photographs. Jacobi's photogenics follow the new concepts in the visual arts of the time and were included in such avantgarde exhibitions as In and Out of Focus in 1948 and Abstraction in Photography in 1951, both at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in the second Subjektive Fotografie exhibition in 1954 in Saarbrucken. - Minimal chip in lower right corner, otherwise in very good condition.
Marion Beckers/Elisabeth Moortgat. Atelier Lotte Jacobi - Berlin, New York. Berlin 1997. ill. Pp. 191 - 192 (similar photogenics).
Provenance: Private Collection U.S.A.