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Locomotive

Artist:
Roger Parry (French, 1905–1977)
Date:
1929
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
21.5 x 16.3 cm (8 7/16 x 6 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.81
Not on view
Parry produced the hallucinatory inversion of tones in this photograph by making a copy negative of his original negative (creating a positive), and then making a negative print from it. The extra step in the normal negative-positive procedure created a ghost train hurtling through a plausible night, its black headlight the absence of warning.
Inscription: Inscribed by Parry's widow in pencil on mount, verso LC: "1929. M.R. Parry"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso LR: "0085RP5F // x 4B"
Roger Parry Estate; [Robert Miller to Waddell, June 18, 1982]; John C. Waddell

Variant reproduced: Photographs from The Julien Levy Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976, #108, p.61.
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