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Jesse Gold ART107 International Center of Photography Turnitin ID: 4.27.10 Three photographs that embody the dreamlike haze that Surrealism is known for are “Paris from Notre Dame” (1933) by Brassai, “Puddle Paris” (1932) by Ilse Bing, and “Stairway, 88, rue Bonaparte, Paris” (1906) by Atget. Surrealism personified the idea of being dreamlike or bizarre to create the embodiment of a philosophical idea. Artists attempted to create images that blurred the line between reality and dream. While many attempted this through the use of unexpected juxtaposition, the creation of this otherworldly feel could be achieved in a number of other ways. The three photographs mentioned previously instead choose to take one of these varying paths. “Stairway, 88, rue Bonaparte, Paris” is a photograph that literally employs the idea of a dreamlike haze. While the image is that of an empty staircase, taken from the view of someone standing adjacent to the bottom step, the use of diminishing contrast creates an image that speaks louder than most others. As you look towards the steps, the higher you climb, the softer the photograph becomes. This effect creates the illusion that the stairway is fading away to an unknown destination. Even though the steps seemed to wrap back around in the direction of the observer, one cannot be certain where these steps will take them. How can one be certain of being awake and alert when the evidence suggests otherwise?
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2010 for the course ART 107 taught by Professor Boettger during the Spring '07 term at Bergen Community College.

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