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Jacobi, Lotte
1955. Original and unique cameraless image 11 x 14 inch [ 27.9 x 35.5 cm.] on double weight silver gelatin stock, drymounted to card stock just slightly larger. On the mount reverse is printed in pencil her name and the number 51, which likely designates the year, and an arrow pointing upwards to designate the print orientation. The original owner has written his name and address in pencil near the bottom of the mount. There are a few instances of rippling where the adhesive has given way but has caused no damage to the print surface. There is a very small and faint crease at the top left corner. A very good vintage print. Lotte Jacobi was primarily a portrait photographer, born in Thorn, West Prussia in 1896, of a long line of German photographers. She operated a photographic studio in Berlin and later in New York and Deering, New Hampshire. Beginning in 1946 and largely concluding in 1955, Jacobi experimented with cameraless photography, "painting" the photographic paper with modulated light sources, cellophane and glass. She named these Photogenics. Given the patina visible in the darkest black, this unique image is certainly from this period.
Bookseller: Andrew Cahan: Bookseller, Ltd
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