Art: 13 Points in Montage

By printing from several negatives on the same paper, photographers can produce either: 1) composite photographs, in which the images are superimposed; or 2) photomontages, in which they make a composition. Combinations and variants are innumerable. To one school of photographers this technique is a low-grade amusement or else commercial fakery. Photomontage, however, was first used for serio-comic artistic purposes by the Dadaists around 1919, was later developed in Germany by Experimenters Moholy-Nagy and Walter Peterhans (see p. 50). It has been ably used for posters by Soviet Artist El Lissitzky,...

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