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1992 (made)
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Photograph of a baby appearing to float against a yellow background.

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Object type
TitleInvocation (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Dye destruction print
Brief description
Dye Destruction print by Adam Fuss, 'Invocation', 1992
Physical description
Photograph of a baby appearing to float against a yellow background.
  • Width: 101.6cm
  • Height: 76cm
  • Frame height: 105.8cm
  • Frame width: 80.4cm
  • Frame depth: 4.5cm
Gallery label
Cameraless Photography Adam Fuss (b.1961) Invocation 1992 Dye destruction print 76 x 101.6 cm Museum no. E.693-1993 To make this piece, a mother briefly placed her child on photographic paper that had been submerged in a tray of shallow water. The resulting image – created by firing flashlight directly at the paper – captures not only the child’s outline but also the ripples in the water caused by its movements. Fuss’s image is a kind of baptism, but its title also means an earnest appeal or prayer to a supernatural being for psychological or spiritual inspiration.
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Copyright Adam Fuss
Historical context
Adam Fuss was born in Britain and lives and works in New York. Having worked as a commercial photographer, he is conscious of what he calls "the pervasive technological-consumerist culture". In response to this, along with other artists of his generation such as Garry Fabian Miller and Susan Derges, he has returned to the simplest photographic means: photography without the use of a camera. Such procedures recall the earliest photographs of the 1830's and 1840's. In Fuss’s work, light is used as a metaphor to illuminate the processes and stages of human life.
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Record createdJuly 25, 2003
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