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Self-Portrait Transformation

Louis Ducos Du Hauron (French, 1837–1920)

Date:
1888–89
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 9 x 14 cm (3 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.) Mount: 10.8 x 16 cm (4 1/4 x 6 5/16 in.) Frame: 43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.) (Framed with FI.1.8)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester
  • Description

    Du Hauron is best known as the inventor of several early color photography processes, but these bizarre images reveal a more whimsical aspect of his research on optics. In the late 1880s du Hauron discovered that photographing a subject through two screens pierced with perpendicular slits would distort the image projected on the negative like a fun-house mirror. In the early twentieth century, variations on the process were used to produce political caricatures.

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