Self-Portrait Rayogram

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Title

Self-Portrait Rayogram

Description

Here, a self-portrait of Fichter gives the impression of a body pushed against a surface, reflecting the process behind the work’s creation. Named for the artist Man Ray (1890–1976), the rayogram is produced by placing objects directly on light-sensitive material, which is then exposed to light.

Overlaid by a tank, the flattened figure may evoke a war captive or interrogee pressed against a wall. This work was created the year after the 1970 Kent State shootings, during a period of protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The tank pictured was used in World War I, but its symbolism speaks to Fichter’s historical context⁠.

Creator

Robert W. Fichter

Date

1971

Identifier

Coll132-P015

Original Format

Cyanotype

Physical Dimensions

13 5/8 x 10 3/8 in.

Collection

Citation

Robert W. Fichter, “Self-Portrait Rayogram,” Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, accessed January 19, 2022, https://umbcgallery.omeka.net/items/show/113.

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