Photography

Ubac, Raoul (1910 - 1985)

When the German artist settles in Paris, in the early 1930s, he promptly joins the Surrealist group and under the influence of Man Ray, practices photography. Guided by the master, he pursues the traditional surrealist experimentations such as solarization and collages that serve his description of the International Surrealist Exposition in 1938. From 1939, Raoul Ubac focuses on his own researches and, with David Hare, invents the burning process that randomly transforms and alters an image and thus leads to a new iconography and leaves place to ‘divine chance’.  Photography, originally the ultimate realist medium, became in the hands of the Surrealist members, a remarkable tool for their exploration of the subconscious via sexual, psychological and cultural arguments. Raoul Ubac acted as an alchemist eager to shatter our perceived reality and established a ‘poetic counter space.’

Raoul Ubac, Burnout, 1939
Raoul Ubac, Burnout, 1939
Raoul Ubac, Dali's Rainy Taxi, 1938
Raoul Ubac, Dali's Rainy Taxi, 1938
Raoul Ubac, The Room, 1938
Raoul Ubac, The Room, 1938
Raoul Ubac, The Nebula, 1939
Raoul Ubac, The Nebula, 1939
Raoul Ubac, The Street Behind the Train Station, 1936
Raoul Ubac, The Street Behind the Train Station, 1936
Raoul Ubac, The Castle, Sceaux Park, 1938
Raoul Ubac, The Castle, Sceaux Park, 1938
Raoul Ubac, The Triumph of Sterility, 1937
Raoul Ubac, The Triumph of Sterility, 1937
Raoul Ubac, Walls, 1936
Raoul Ubac, Walls, 1936
Raoul Ubac, Masson Model, 1938
Raoul Ubac, Masson Model, 1938
Raoul Ubac, Back of Female Nude, c. 1931-1934
Raoul Ubac, Back of Female Nude, c. 1931-1934
Raoul Ubac, Solarized Objects, 1939
Raoul Ubac, Solarized Objects, 1939
Raoul Ubac, Head of André Masson's Model, date unknown
Raoul Ubac, Head of André Masson's Model, date unknown
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