Man Ray, Le Souffle, 1931, photogravure, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1976.84.10
Le Souffle, French for “breeze,” renders the swift, blurred motion of an electric fan in action. This Rayograph, also called a photogram, was created without the use of a camera. Instead, Man Ray placed the fan, blades spinning, inside a darkroom in front of photosensitive paper, and then exposed the paper to light. To add another level of movement to the composition, he physically altered the position of the fan at the moment of exposure. Through his experiments with photographic processes and chance operations, Man Ray demonstrated the dynamic power of light and electricity.
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
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sheet: 10 1/4 x 8 in. (26.0 x 20.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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- Still life – furniture – stand
- Object – furniture – fan
- Still life – other – appliance
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