Two images from the Man Ray film Emak Bakia (1926) 

Man Ray superimposes the upside down eye upon the camera lens, while later superimposing the eye between the headlights of a car. Sight becomes both a receptive, optically mediated experience and as an active emanatory light of illumination. Early theories of vision saw seeing in this way, as a light that emanates from the eye. The headlight/eye as a lens mediated emanation of light, the camera/eye a lens mediated receptor for light.

Two images from the Man Ray film Emak Bakia (1926)

Man Ray superimposes the upside down eye upon the camera lens, while later superimposing the eye between the headlights of a car. Sight becomes both a receptive, optically mediated experience and as an active emanatory light of illumination. Early theories of vision saw seeing in this way, as a light that emanates from the eye. The headlight/eye as a lens mediated emanation of light, the camera/eye a lens mediated receptor for light.

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