Born in the United States and brought up in India, Carlotta Corpron returned to her native country to study and became a professor of design, photography and art history at the Texas Women’s University in 1935. She soon experimented the expressive potential of light in various series, playing with solarization and ‘light drawings’. When Lazlo Maholy-Nagy and Gyorgy Kepes settled in Texas, the American photographer conducted a ‘light workshop’ under their direction and enhanced her investigations from the mid-1940s. She thus photographed still lives creating the illusion of space thanks to reflective surfaces, captured the modulation of light on floating objects but also explored abstraction by revealing the geometric patterns of natural forms such as eggs, shells or glass paperweights. By scrutinizing light and structure, Carlotta Corpron managed to turn reality into a fantasy conceptual system.