This technique is said to have been discovered accidentally by the assistant and partner of Man Ray, Lee Miller. As they were printing in the lab, she felt a rat touching her feet. The frightened young lady screamed and put the light on. "The tanks were full of negatives that were under development. The blacks became whites and a line appeared on the outlines of the figures that seems to have a halo"
Man Ray called this phenomena "solarization" and started to use it in his work to create unique prints. This technique contributed in producing a surreal effect, which translated a different vision of the reality and added a soul to the photograph. In fact the sculptor Giacometti is sacralized here by this aureole as a totem of Parisian artists.
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