Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography

The David Raymond Collection in the Cleveland Museum of Art

Tom E. Hinson, Ian Walker, and Lisa Kurzner

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The first publication of the outstanding Surrealist photography collection of David Raymond, whose eccentric taste suits the spirit of this radical art movement

This handsomely illustrated volume is the public debut of the Surrealist photography collection of David Raymond that was recently acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photography and its many techniques—photograms, montage, collage—played a vital role amongst Surrealist artists who sought to mine the unconscious and unsettle the everyday. Raymond’s collection is distinctive in its breadth and quality and reflects the adventurous spirit of the movement’s founder, André Breton. This book presents 178 vintage prints from the 1920s through the 1940s by artists from 14 countries. Works by notable artists including Brassaï, László Moholy-Nagy, Dora Maar, and Man Ray are joined by rare examples by equally provocative but less well-known photographers. Essays by scholars Tom E. Hinson, Ian Walker, and Lisa Kurzner provide analysis and context, exploring the philosophy behind Raymond’s selections as well as the history, techniques, and symbolism of the photographs.

Tom E. Hinson is emeritus curator of photography, Cleveland Museum of Art. Ian Walker is an author and photohistorian. Lisa Kurzner is an independent curator, writer, researcher, and consultant.


Cleveland Museum of Art

‘This book of 178 surrealist prints challenges the eye with its playful juxtapositions and visions of an ordinary world rendered extraordinary. Compiled from a private collection acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2007, these images are a thought-provoking delight.’—New Statesman

‘A beautifully illustrated book with 178 vintage images from the 1920s to the 1940s by artists from 14 countries, including the famous and the less well known.’—Elizabeth Roberts, Black & White Photography.

“The handsome catalogue is a valuable resource that presents much unknown or underappreciated, photo-based work. The decision to include thumbnail images of the verso of many of the prints is a welcome addition to this varied collection of obscure objects of desire.”—CHOICE

Winner of the Midwest Art History Society's award for Outstanding Catalogue of 2014.
ISBN: 9780300208610
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Cleveland Museum of Art
240 pages, 9 3/4 x 12
180 color illus.