An Awakening


The publication of French poet Andre Breton’s, Surrealist Manifesto marks the beginning of the surrealist movement in art. So far, photography had largely remained a means for documentation. But the surrealists were less concerned about social commentary or laboured calculation, and were fixated on ideas exploring the self, and the possibilities created by a boundless imagination. They began to use techniques like double exposure, montage, and combination printing to evoke a dream-like quality in their pictures.