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Lucas Samaras (American (born Greece), Kastoria, 1936)
Instant color print with hand-applied ink
3 3/4 × 2 7/8 in. (9.5 × 7.3 cm)
Gift of the artist, 2014
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© Lucas Samaras
Not on view
When he acquired his first Polaroid camera, a 360 Land Camera, in late 1969, Samaras made hundreds of images in a matter of months, most of which are self-portraits: "I like remaking myself in photography". The Polaroid offered instant return; images were delivered in a matter of seconds in the comfort of the artist’s home/studio. Many of Samaras’s AutoPolaroids are enhanced with hand-applied ink, as here, where stippled marks surround multiple images of the martyred artist. "I was raised up by a very religious family," he recalled, "The nailing on the cross."
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