Maurice Tabard French

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A pair of eyes—almost hidden—peer askance from within this abstract composition. Snipped, perhaps, from a fashion picture, they seem to survey unfamiliar terrain. Maurice Tabard made magazine ads and society portraits to fund his avant-garde output, but rarely did the commercial and experimental sides of his practice intersect. Here, he sliced and recycled extant negatives, montaging them into an austere axial configuration.

Although Tabard arranged image components after the fact, he admired the more spontaneous work of street photographers, marveling at their ability to achieve—in an instant—the balance and proportion he so carefully composed. His tendency to parse their pictures with a pencil and compass amused the celebrated photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson, who referred to him fondly as "our geometer."

Montage, Maurice Tabard (French, Lyons 1897–1984 Nice), Gelatin silver print

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