As part of the visual and technical experimentation that characterized the Bauhaus, the German design school where he taught, Moholy-Nagy made cameraless photographs, or "photograms," by placing objects on a sheet of photographic paper and exposing it to light. He used the technique to make abstract compositions with spatial, tonal, and gestural qualities that challenged traditional modes of representation.
Inscription: Signed and titled in ink on print, verso LR: "L. Moholy=Nagy // Photogramm 1922"; photographer's stamp on print, verso C [upside-down]: "moholy-nagy"; marked and inscribed in pencil on print, verso C: "oben // [arrow towards top]"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, LL: "33 [encircled] 126.96.36.199."
William Larson, Philadelphia, by 1975; [Prakapas Gallery to Waddell, October 6, 1980]; John C. Waddell
Moholy used wire mesh in a number of photograms. Compare plates 124, 141, 142, 148 in Andreas Haus, "Moholy-Nagy: Photographs and Photograms," New York: Pantheon, 1980.