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The Art of Black and White Photography, 2nd Edition by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

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26 The Image within an Image

The so-called frames of perspective (an image within an image) create a view and concentrate the viewer’s gaze. This form of pictorial language was employed by the Old Masters; one of the best-known examples of the use of an image within an image is Caspar David Friedrich’s Woman at the Window.

The easiest way to create an image within an image is to photograph the views seen through a window. The inclusion of windows in a photo is fascinating owing to several reasons:

• They connect two spaces that possibly have nothing to do with each other to create a whole in the photo—inner and outer space are blended into one.

• They give the illusion of three-dimensions in a two-dimensional photo; after all, photographers aim ...

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