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    Sale 12275

    Photographs

    20 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 85

    Tom Fels (b. 1946)

    Catalpa, 2014

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    Tom Fels (b. 1946)
    Catalpa, 2014
    unique cyanotype triptych
    each signed, titled and dated in pencil (verso)
    each image/sheet approximately: 35 ¾ x 23 ¾ in. (90.8 x 60.4 cm.)


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    Post Lot Text

    A historian of photography and its early processes, Tom Fels makes large-format cyanotypes in the footsteps of those produced in 1843 by Anna Atkins for her historic publication, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Produced using only light and sensitised paper, the magnetic blue of the cyanotype process traces in silhouette the subject of this image, a tree in his back garden, leaving an overall abstract impression. Made directly, without camera or intermediary negative, works such as this triptych are unique.