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© 2014 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

László Moholy-Nagy
American, 1925 - 1930
Gelatin silver print
11 3/4 x 15 7/8 in.
84.XM.997.67

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A choppy sea of people attending a rally for the Factory Worker's Association in Berlin dissolves into a pattern of round faces and hats punctuated by banners and flags, transforming an unmanipulated, documentary-style photograph into a formal composition emphasizing aesthetics over reporting. Individual faces begin to emerge in the crowd, many smiling, some in dramatic profile seemingly going against the advancing human tide. This is an unusual image in László Moholy-Nagy's work from this period and may have been taken to serve as source material for an exhibition design or a commercial project.