Roger PARRY, No title (Allemagne) Enlarge 1 /1

Roger PARRY

France 1905 – 1977

No title (Allemagne) 1928-1930 Place made: France
Creation Notes: Jeu de Paume has Parry starting to take photographs under Maurice Tabard's mentorship in 1928. (http://www.jeudepaume.org/index.php?page=document&idArt=418&idDoc=432) The 1927-1930 date comes form the original catalogue worksheets, signed Kate Davidson 5.8.1985.
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 28.4 h x 22.9 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 84.1900

Parry started taking photographs in 1928 under the mentorship of the French photographer Maurice Tabard. His early work reflected Tabard’s highly experimental approach to photography. In association with the Surrealists, the two worked closely together with ‘anti-naturalistic’ alternative processes such as photograms and solarisation, multiple exposures and negative printing to produce images which were included in Surrealist publications and exhibitions. This photogram may well have been made with Tabard. While it seems to refer enigmatically to Germany and confliect, it also typifies Parry’s concern with the space of the photographic darkroom and the possibilities of constructed photographic images.


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