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© Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

László Moholy-Nagy
American, born Hungary, 1925
Gelatin silver print
14 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.
84.XM.997.10

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The overlapping circles in this photomontage suggest the range finder of a rifle and also a rapid-fire simultaneity of events. A female sharpshooter at the center of the circles reinforces the metaphor of shooting. Standing outside of the circles, a female gymnast lifting weights is seemingly unaware of the gun trained at her chest. The repeating vignettes of a railway station colonnade, to which the alternate title of the work, Murder on the Railway Line, refers, lend a sinister, almost cinematic air to the composition. László Moholy-Nagy did not intend a specific narrative; he sought instead to excite intuitive rather than intellectual responses in his audience.