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Picture of Foto - Modernity in Central Europe 1918-1945

Foto - Modernity in Central Europe 1918-1945

Matthew S. Witkovsky

Binding: H
ISBN: 9780500543375

Publisher's Description
In the 1920s and 1930s photography became a phenomenon across Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary and Poland.

It fired the imagination of hundreds of progressive artists, provided a creative outlet for thousands of devoted amateurs, and became a symbol of modernity for millions through its use in magazines, newspapers, advertising and books. It was also in interwar central Europe that the history of photography as a modern art form was established.

Published to accompany an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, this book presents the creations of approximately one hundred individuals whose work redefined the very notion of art and embodied at times a dizzying freedom from traditional social roles.

The perceptive text explores topics ranging from the avant-garde (surrealism, experimental photography) to popular culture (tabloids, sports, the ‘new woman’) to extremist politics and war. Particular attention is given to photomontage, a technique that epitomized the era and found broad acceptance among artists and mass media outlets.

Familiar names such as László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Sudek and the Bauhaus are connected to a wealth of individuals and organizations whose influence is being recovered for the first time.

The book features an introductory essay by Peter Demetz, as well as maps, biographies of the featured photographers, and a scholarly bibliography.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Size: 290 x 240mm
320 pages, 230 illustrations in colour, tritone & duotone

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