Exhibitions/ Art Object

Self-Portrait Transformation

Artist:
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
Not on view
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.