Provenance: Minotaur archive/Editions Albert Skira Rosabianca Skira, Geneva
'Photography is so widely used in Minotaure that in spite of the frequent reassertion that the plastic activities, painting and objects, are central to surrealism, photographs are visually dominant as they had never been before.'
In Monotaure the theme of the city reappears in a number of different guises, but perhaps most notably in the denial of urban form in favor of meditations on nature and ruins. Man Ray and Brassai took the photographs to accompany Dali's text " On the Terrifying and Edible Beauty of Modern-Style Architecture". Man Ray took the Gaudi building in Barcelona, Brassai the Metro entrances in Paris... In the Minotaure photographs, the animation or even anthropomorphism, of ruins and of architecture is frequently present... in Minotaure, photographs extend, amplify, sometimes even provide the raison d'etre of a text....'
Dawn Ades, 'Photography and the Surrealist Text', in L'Amour Fou. Photography and Surrealism, Hayward Gallery/Arts Council, 1986.