Google Celebrates Gender-Fluid Surrealist Photographer Claude Cahun

The Google Doodle for October 25 celebrates the 127th birthday of French author and surrealist photographer Claude Cahun, celebrated for their self-portrait photography that highlighted the fluidity of gender norms and sexuality. Cahun was born as Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob in 1894 in Nantes, France. Growing up surrounded by creativity in their family, Cahun moved […]

Google Celebrates Gender-Fluid Surrealist Photographer Claude Cahun

The Google Doodle for October 25 celebrates the 127th birthday of French author and surrealist photographer Claude Cahun, celebrated for their self-portrait photography that highlighted the fluidity of gender norms and sexuality.

Cahun was born as Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob in 1894 in Nantes, France. Growing up surrounded by creativity in their family, Cahun moved to study literature in 1919, shaved their head, and adopted their famed gender-neutral name in revolt against societal convention.

At a time where gender non-conformity was widely considered taboo, Cahun explored gender-fluidity through literature and self-portraiture, with the earliest self-portraits dating as early as 1912 when Cahun was 18, reports Artnet. They moved to Paris with step-sister and lover Marcel Moor and soon joined the Surrealist art scene.

 

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Although many Surrealists depicted women as objects of male desire and gaze, Cahun chose to stage images of themselves that challenged the idea of “static gender,” writes . For example, in their 1927 self-portrait series “I am in training, don’t kiss me,” Cahun depicted themselves as a feminized weightlifter, blurring the lines between what was traditionally considered as feminine and masculine.

 

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Cahun’s work was both political and personal as they moved to Jersey, an island off the coast of Normandy, disguised as non-Jews, and produced and distributed anti-Nazi propaganda. They were eventually caught, imprisoned, and sentenced to death, but Cahun managed to successfully escape when Jersey was liberated by the Allies in 1945.

However, Cahun never recovered from their maltreatment in prison and passed away on December 8, 1954, leaving a big impression on photography and having directly influenced other contemporary photographers, such as Cindy Sherman, Gillian Wearing, and Nan Goldin — all known for their distinctive art.

Today, Cahun’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Musem of Fine Arts in Boston, and others.

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Negative Supply Launches the Basic Film Carrier 120 At-Home Scanner

Negative Supply has announced the Basic Film Carrier 120 which it bills as an affordable, accessible option for easily obtaining professional medium format film scans at home, on the go, or in the studio. After the successful launch of the Basic Film Carrier 35 earlier this year, Negative Supply simplified the Film Carrier 120 into […]

Negative Supply Launches the Basic Film Carrier 120 At-Home Scanner

Negative Supply has announced the Basic Film Carrier 120 which it bills as an affordable, accessible option for easily obtaining professional medium format film scans at home, on the go, or in the studio.

After the successful launch of the Basic Film Carrier 35 earlier this year, Negative Supply simplified the Film Carrier 120 into a similarly approachable and affordable alternative to its full-fledged professional film scanning tool system. The company says that it rounds out the “basic” line of products to include support for medium format.

The Basic Film Carrier uses a carbon fiber composite housing with a tolex-wrapped exterior that is similar to the Basic Film Carrier 35 and 4×5 Light Source Basic, and also employs a magnetic hinge mechanism that is found on the original Film Carrier 120.

The system relies on a digital camera to capture scans. The Film Carrier keeps film flat using the magnetic hinged clamping design and Negative Supply says that the system allows photographers to capture a full roll of film in as few as 60 seconds.

The Basic Film Carrier 120 can scan cut strips or full rolls of 120 film, and scan up to 6×9 centimeter film in a single capture. It also allows the full image area to be scanned plus a thing border on all sides. 6×12 centimeter or larger film (such as can be found in panoramic photos) can be captured in two frames.

Below are a few sample images that were scanned using the Basic Film Carrier 120:

Photo by Alexander Kawasaki
Photo by Alexander Kawasaki
Photo by John Schell
Photo by John Schell

Negative Supply says that the Basic Film Carrier 120 works well with the Basic Riser MK1 and 4×5 Light Source Basic, which is important because the system isn’t “complete” on its own. The Riser MK1 is the company’s copy stand that allows for the scanning of 35mm or 120 film, and the 4×5 Light Source basic (which is available in 95 or 99 CRI variants) is a light source that is designed specifically for scanning film.

The Negative Supply Basic Film Carrier 120 is available starting today for $199 directly from the Negative Supply online shop.

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