This rare, positive print of Cat, Seen from Above
, was illustrated in the prestigious photography annual Das Lichtbild 1930
, published in the fall of 1929. Credited to ‘Prof. L. Moholy-Nagy,’ it received a full left page illustration opposite Albert Renger-Patzsch’s Mantelpavian (Hamadryas Baboon
). The negative, better known version of this image was reproduced extensively early in the photographer’s career, notably in the definitive anthology of the photographer's work, 60 Fotos
(1930), there captioned ‘Magical effect of the negative.’ Rendered as either positive or negative, this image is a prime example of Moholy-Nagy’s experimental attitude toward the medium and its plasticity in his capable hands.
At the time of this writing, it is believed that no other early print of the image has appeared at auction. Another positive print of this image, originally in the collection of Ergy Landau and Raymond Grosset, is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1985.1150.4).