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Photo-Transformation, September 19, 1976

Lucas Samaras, American (born Greece), born 1936

Photograph taken in United States, North and Central America


Dye diffusion print

Image: 3 1/8 x 3 1/16 inches (7.9 x 7.8 cm) Sheet: 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (10.8 x 8.9 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by various donors and with the National Endowment for the Arts Matching Purchase Grant, 1977

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Samaras, who studied art at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, discovered Polaroid (dye diffusion process) film in 1969 and used it obsessively until about 1976. This late work is characteristic in Samaras's use of his own body as the subject and in his manipulation of the surface of the photograph during development, an approach that significantly altered the boundaries of color photography.