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Surrealism and Photograms: Hands-on Photography History

Studio Arts Workshop

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Code: 1K00PV

Rayograph (untitled), 1922, by Man Ray

Delve into the fascinating history of photography as an art form in this unique program that combines a lecture with a hands-on project. Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists —Man Ray, Laszlo Maholy Nagy, and others—and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s.

The photograms (or rayograms) for which they are best known are camera-less images created with photographic materials; in the hands-on portion of the program, participants make their own photograms in the Ripley Center darkroom using personal objects or negatives as subjects.

The class is appropriate both for photographers of all experience levels as well as non-photographers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the form’s technical and artistic evolution.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

One 4-hour session

*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Photolab 3036
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)