Spirit into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske (June 15, 2004 to July 31, 2005) (8)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 15 to September 26, 2004
- The Art Institute of Chicago, May 21 to July 31, 2005
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Robert Schrewsbury as "Mephisto" in "Faust", Chicago
Edmund Teske (American, 1911 - 1996)
Solarized gelatin silver print
31.3 x 24.4 cm (12 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
© Edmund Teske Archives/Laurence Bump and Nils Vidstrand, 2001
The gods received me into the secret chambers of an exquisite photographic happening, which for me is the high point of purity.
Clutching a book of spells, Mephisto the devil summons his evil powers to control the soul of the
The print's partially reversed tones, especially visible in the subject's robe and beard, resulted from Teske's accidental
Teske had always admired Man Ray's solarized photographs but could not find out how they were made. After his own fortuitous discovery of solarization, Teske quickly gained control of the technique and continued using it throughout his career as a means to heighten creative expression.