Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
Disorienting perspectives and darkroom experimentation followed the physical and emotional devastation of World War I. In this work, by means of reverse printing (which makes the photograph read as a negative) and an overhead viewpoint, Roh transformed the huddled bather into an ambiguous figure—perhaps prisoner, perhaps daredevil, perhaps both.
[Rudolf Kicken Gallery, Cologne, to Waddell, November 19, 1982]; John C. Waddell
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.