Moholy Nagy

László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) was one of the most internationally influential teachers at the Bauhaus.The great Hungarian-born artist, who brought many of the teachings of the European avant-garde to the United States with his 1937 emigration from Germany to Chicago, used the materials of photography in much the same way he used those of painting. One of the most repeated objects in his photograms is his hand which can be read as a sign of his painting background.

Moholy-Nagy’s photograms recall those of the Russian artist Alexander Rodchenko, whose scenes are abstracted into dynamic, visually disorienting compositions. Moholy-Nagy explored endless variation on the theme of repetition, twice collaging a figure holding out both hands, fingers spread wide.

His’s keen interest in space, time and light shows throughout his career and travelled through all of the different types of media which he used whether he was painting or creating photograms.

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