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Tailflower (Solarization), Montevideo, 1943

Tailflower (Solarization), Montevideo

A solarisation is an image recorded on a negative or on a photographic print which is wholly or partially reversed in tone so that dark areas then appear as light or light areas as dark. This effect is achieved by a brief exposure to bright light during development. Around 1930 the technique was rediscovered and developed by Man Ray and his then assistant Lee Miller.