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Amy J. Lyford
Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314)
The Photography of French Surrealist Dora Maar (1907-1997)

Research and writing leading to a book on the French photographer Dora Maar (1907-1997).

I propose to conduct research on the surrealist photographer Dora Maar, a figure best known as an infrequent participant in surrealist publications of the 1930s, and as a partner of Pablo Picasso who also documented his painting Guernica. Maar’s photographic practice has been little studied to date, and I plan to write a book on her diverse photographic work: inventive portraiture and fashion photography; unsettling collage work; and politically nuanced "street" photography. Her photographs intersect with surrealist forms and methods of production but take on the power and ubiquity of commercial and documentary work; her pictures smuggle surrealism inside those conventional photographic typologies. Maar’s expressive, unflinching approach enabled her to invent a powerful visual critique of how bodies and social spaces might express alternative gender, class, and identity positions in the 1930s.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, Other; Women's History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 10/31/2021