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Nude, Davenport, Iowa, Composite with Leaves
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© Edmund Teske Archives/Laurence Bump and Nils Vidstrand, 2001

Edmund Teske
American, negatives 1941 and 1946, print 1960s
Gelatin silver composite print
5 15/16 x 4 3/16 in.
2002.27.4

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Teske, based in Los Angeles, often returned to his old negatives for inspiration. Here one negative is printed on top of another to create an imaginative new picture. His male nude composites are candidly erotic and symbolize the process of transformation to which all life is subject. The plant sprouting from the model's loins, wrapping itself delicately around the body, simultaneously conceals and reveals the figure.