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


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.