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Photogram Number 1 - the Mirror
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© 2014 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Moholy-Nagy, László
American, negative 1922 - 1923; print about 1928
Gelatin silver print
26 5/16 x 36 1/4 in.
84.XF.450

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László Moholy-Nagy created this abstract photogram by placing objects on light-sensitive paper and exposing them to light without the use of a camera. The title of this photogram refers to a mirror; the shapes in this composition may have been made using a circular looking glass and its reflections. The large size of the print, approximately two by three feet, suggests that Moholy-Nagy used an earlier photogram as a negative to make this enlargement, thus this image is a "mirror," or reversal of the earlier composition. The shadow effects of the circular and angular forms energize the space, suggesting movement.