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[Study in Orange] by René Le Bègue
[Study in Orange] by René Le Bègue

[Study in Orange], 1903

René Le Bègue

This image, like a surrealistic dream, represents an important moment in the history of photography. The introduction of Kodak film meant for the first time, photographers didn’t have to develop film themselves. But serious art photographers like Le Bègue wanted control over the processes the Kodak had automated. The artist continued to use involved processes that allowed him to choose the striking orange-red pigment and manipulate the print by hand, so that it resembles a chalk drawing. The artist worked in this manner to demonstrate the many capabilities and artistic possibilities of photography in creating an image, instead of just documenting one.

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