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Carlotta Corpron

American
(1901–1988)

Fluid Light Design
circa 1947

Gelatin silver print
16.25 x 13.25 x 0.875 in.
Gift of the Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation
2011.57

Though she initially purchased a camera to aid in teaching textile design classes, Corpron was quickly bored with practical photography and began experimenting with photography as an expressive form of art making. At first, Corpron was interested in capturing abstract patterns in nature and would manipulate photographs in order to enhance these patterns. As she continued to work with photography, Corpron became interested in capturing light itself. She considered her works to be “light drawings” and saw herself as a “designer of light.” Her process primarily involved manipulating light using reflective objects in a dark room in order to create unique and expressive patterns. Corpron’s main inspiration was the work of Bauhaus photographers László Maholy- Nagy and Gyorgy Kepes, under whom she studied, and she was credited with creating what some scholars have termed the “Texas Bauhaus.”


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