New Ways of Seeing: The Photography of the 1920s and '30s

30 JUNE TO 24 OCTOBER 2021
Exhibition Hall of the Department of Prints and Drawings

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PRESS RELEASE

NEW WAYS OF SEEING:
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE 1920S AND ‘30S
30 JUNE TO 24 OCTOBER 2021

Exhibition Hall of the Department of Prints and Drawings
Press preview: 29 June 2021, 11:00 am

The Weimar Republic (1918–1933) was an era of great innovation in modern photography. There was a growing demand for press and advertising images—and numerous photographers to cater to it. Their works also appeared in elaborate photo books they published on their own initiative. One catalyst for these developments was the advent of the 35mm camera in the 1920s, an invention permitting unprecedented freedom of movement. Unusual perspectives, steep-angled views from above and below, and close-ups of details testify to a new enthusiasm for photographic experimentation. This modern aesthetic came to be known as Neues Sehen (New Ways of Seeing), a catchword that can be understood as a call for a new visual approach on the part of the photographer and the viewer alike. Pictorial language now became clearer, more direct, and in many cases more linear. In its matter-of-fact rigour it corresponded to the needs of a society that, after the disaster of World War I, had come to favour realistic depiction.
From 30 June to 24 October 2021, the Städel Museum will shed light on modern photography’s wide-ranging trends. In an introduction and seven theme-oriented sections, the exhibition ‘New Ways of Seeing: The Photography of the 1920s and ’30s’ will convey an impression of the medium’s various uses in the interwar period. Some of the works on view will also offer visual presentiments of the 1930s, in which the Nazis increasingly instrumentalized photography as a means of communication for political propaganda purposes. The show’s themes will encompass photography’s establishment at vocational training institutes and art academies, photographic illustration and photojournalism, the employment of photography in science and research, portrait photography, and the use of the medium in advertising, industry, and political propaganda. Historical magazines, photo books, and posters will supplement the works on view.

Curator: Kristina Lemke (Head of the Photography Collection from Modernism to the Present)
Supported by: FAZIT-STIFTUNG, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Dr. Hans Feith und Dr. Elisabeth Feith-Stiftung

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Albert Renger-Patzsch (1879–1966)
Working Hands, 1925–1927
Silver gelatin print on baryta paper
17,8 × 23,8 cm
Courtesy Skrein Photo Collection
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Working Hands, 1925–1927

Fred Koch (1904–1947) / Folkwang-Archiv
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinalis, 1933–1935
Silver gelatin print on baryta paper
23,4 × 17,2 cm
Joint property with Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main,
Photo: Städel Museum

Fred Koch, Dandelion, Taraxacum officinalis, 1933–1935

Erich Salomon (1886–1944)
Lugano, December 1928, 1928
Silver gelatin print on baryta paper
11,7 × 16,1 cm
Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e. V.
Photo: Städel Museum

Erich Salomon, Lugano, December 1928, 1928

Fritz Schreiber
Students outside on a balcony of an atelier, from the series Bauhausköpfe, 1931/32
Silver gelatin print on baryta paper
8,2 × 5,8 cm
Joint property with Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Fritz Schreiber,Students outside on a balcony of an atelier, from the series Bauhausköpfe, 1931/32

Karl Theodor Gremmler
Untitled, 1939/40
Silver gelatin print on baryta paper, 24,3 × 18 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Foto: Städel Museum

Karl Theodor Gremmler,Untitled, 1939/40

Friedrich Seidenstücker (1882–1966)
Untitled (Berlin Zoological Garden, two zebras from behind), 1935
Silver gelatin print on baryta paper
16,3 × 12,2 cm
Joint property with Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Friedrich Seidenstücker, Untitled (Berlin Zoological Garden, two zebras from behind), 1935

August Sander (1867–1964)
The Painter Otto Dix and his Wife Martha, 1925/26
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
18 × 18,8 cm
Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Die Photographische Sammlung / Sk Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

August Sander, The Painter Otto Dix and his Wife Martha, 1925/26

Hans Finsler (1891–1972)
Cup, Saucer and Plate, 1931
Gelatin silver print on baryta paper
16,4 × 22,9 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
© Estate Hans Finsler
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Hans Finsler, Cup, Saucer and Plate, 1931

Hans Robertson (1883–1950)
Dancer Harald Kreutzberg, 1925
Silver gelatin photographic paper
23,4 × 17,1 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Foto: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Hans Robertson, Dancer Harald Kreutzberg, 1925

Yva (1900–1944)
Travel and Sailor suit, ca. 1932
Silver gelatin photographic paper
23,1 × 16,6 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Yva, Travel and Sailor suit, ca. 1932

Umbo
Wintry Forest (Grunewald, Berlin), 1935
Silver gelatin photographic paper
24,2 × 24,2 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Umbo: Phyllis Umbehr / Galerie Kicken Berlin / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Photo: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Umbo, Wintry Forest (Grunewald, Berlin), 1935

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view “New Ways of Seeing. The Photography of the 1920s and ‘30s”
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