Small 37 pp. volume, being a fragment of the novel Babylone by René Crevel, translated into English by Kay Boyle, and illustrated with nineteen original photograms by Max Ernst, produced in conjunction with Man Ray in his studio using photo-sensitive paper, each with caption in red ink on tissue guards. 12mo. Black boards with gilt decoration designed by Max Ernst. Paris (Black Sun Press) 1931. Limited edition of 255 copies.
Max Ernst was a pioneering figure of the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th century. Counted among his many accomplishments is his collaboration with American artist Man Ray to develop the photogram, which is essentially a photograph produced without the need for a camera or lens. Man Ray used a similar process to create his Rayographs. The photograms in this book were made by combining textural rubbings and line drawings on sheets of thin translucent paper, and then using those sheets as negatives to create a reverse image on photosensitive paper. It must have been a very labor-intensive process, as each photogram was produced from an original work of art created by Ernst.
Book ID: 48562