France 1902 – 1961
Photogram 1930 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
The archetypal Surrealist photographer, Boiffard worked with Man Ray and his pictures were widely reproduced in a wide range of surrealist texts, including Andre Breton’s book Nadja. Many of his images – flies stuck to flypaper, surfaces covered in dust, and isolated toes and tongues – are marked by an enclosed sense of space and discomforting scale, which have the effect of transforming our usual relationship with the subject. These common – even if slightly repellent – objects are rendered unfamiliar, an effect reiterated by Boiffard’s use of the camera-less photogram process.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra