Lucas Samaras American, born Greece

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In his experimental self-portraits, Lucas Samaras manipulated a familiar photographic process to uncanny effect. Taking advantage of the wet emulsion of instant Polaroid prints, he used his hand or a stylus to manipulate the dye while the picture developed, deforming his own physical features in the process. Identity in his work is malleable.

Photo-Transformation, Lucas Samaras (American (born Greece), Kastoria 1936–2024 New York), Instant internal dye diffusion transfer print (Polaroid SX-70)

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