Anne Brigman - Travail, 1912 / reworked from earlier negative c1940.
… via the George Eastman House
Pour vos beaux yeux (For Your Beautiful Eyes) by Henri Storck, 1929
with screenplay by Félix Labisse
You can watch this short film (6min 41sec) at the link.
Photoset with 134 notes
L’immaculée conception / Alors je vous présenterai l’oncle from La femme 100 têtes by Max Ernst, 1929
Man Ray, Waking Dream Séance (image first published on the cover of La revolution surrealiste, 01/12/24). The seated woman is Simone Breton; standing around her (from left to right) are Max Morise, Roger Vitrac, Jacques André-Boiffard, André Breton, Paul Eluard, Pierre Naville, Giorgio de Chirico, Philippe Soupault, Jacques Baron, and Robert Desnos.
Walter Benjamin writes:
Any serious exploration of occult, surrealistic, phantasmagoric gifts and phenomena presupposes a dialectical intertwinement to which a romantic turn of mind is impervious. For histrionic or fanatical stress on the mysterious side of the mysterious takes us no further; we penetrate the mystery only to the degree that we recognize it in the everyday world, by virtue of a dialectical optic that perceives the everyday as impenetrable, the impenetrable as everyday. The most passionate investigation of telepathic phenomena, for example, will not teach us half as much about reading (which is an eminently telepathic process), as the profane illumination of reading about telepathic phenomena. And the most passionate investigation of the hashish trance will not teach us half as much about thinking (which is eminently narcotic), as the profane illumination of thinking about the hashish trance. The reader, the thinker, the loiterer, the flâneur, are types of illuminati just as much as the opium eater, the dreamer, the ecstatic. And more profane. Not to mention that most terrible drug—ourselves—which we take in solitude.
Germaine Krull - Nu féminin, 1928
Photo with 68 notes
Ectoplasm by spirit photographer Ada Deane, December 23, 1922
Alberto Cavalcanti / Rien que les heures / 1926 / Source : Au carrefour étrange
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