José Maria Sert, a Spanish muralist who moved to Paris in 1900, experienced photography as a constant companionship. We know nothing about his first encounter with the medium, nor when it was that he decided to carry out through photography transfers from reality to the imagination – from the live sampling to its formal interpretation – any more than the point where this went from being a simple mnemonic convenience to a genuine working method, with the deliberate conception of poses and stagings as a basis for making images, and still less what favoured the shift from proofs to perfected prints.
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