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William Kentridge

William Kentridge's fascination with pre-photographic optical devices has led him to experiment with magic lanterns, shadow plays and stereoscopic viewers.

The anamorphic drawing shown above utilises one of the oldest forms of optical trickery, in which a highly polished cylinder is placed at the centre of a carefully-distorted drawing, its curved surface reflecting the image back as a perfect, 360 degree rendering.

 

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