Self-Portrait, photo: Herbert Bayer, 1932. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.
Self-Portrait, photo: Herbert Bayer, 1932. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016.

Bayer used the expressive armoury of Surrealism for the photomontage. Reality, symbolised by the body reproduced with photographic precision, merges with the dreamworld, where a mirror does not simply reflect the image of an excerpt of reality, but literally makes it possible to experience the dissolution processes first-hand. Back in reality, this provides an occasion to recognise or question the self. 

Literature:
Hartmann, Udo (1990): Das Auge Herbert Bayers, in: Fiedler, Jeannine: Fotografie am Bauhaus, Berlin, pp. 6474.