Zehn is a sensitive photographic look into childhood. At the request of her ten-year- old son, German photographer Grit Schwerdtfeger portrayed her son Lorenz almost every day for an entire year. The long-term study, reproduced in the publication in condensed form, not only provides insight into the development of a child, but also tells about the intimate relationship between son and mother. At an age when the outward appearance is still androgynous, self-conscious moments alternate with juvenile vulnerability. The hands clasped casually in the pockets of the pants, or the large fur hat serving as protection, represent the different moods and development of personal identity. Zehn shows how the essence of a person slowly emerges. The approach is personal; however, the conclusion is broad. The rich color plates bring life to the subject, while the oversized trim size makes the visual experience very personal. Schwerdtfeger studied under the noted German photographer Joachim Brohm at the Leipzig Academy.
7 ¾ x 9 ½ in. / 112 pp / 70 color
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Anna Koppitz’s Photographs for Reich Minister R. Walther Darré
Magdalena Vukovic (Ed.)
Photography was Reich Minister Richard Walther Darré’s medium of choice for illustrating and disseminating his “blood and soil” ideology. His models, staged before the camera at his request, consisted of athletic youths from the Bauernschaft farming community and specially educated at the Burg Neuhaus Law School. It was on to their bodies that he projected his utopian notions of the “Nordic Race” and Germany’s genetic future. Viennese photographer Anna Koppitz, the widow of the renowned photographer Rudolf Koppitz, worked for Darré. Her photographs were modeled both on the body studies perfected by her husband, and on the sports photography of Leni Riefenstahl, creating a highly explosive mix, perfectly suited for propaganda purposes. Serving Radical Politics is part of the ongoing series “Contributions to a History of Photography in Austria,” taken from the Albertina’s Photographic Collection, which investigates the controversial images that formed part of the Third Reich’s doctorine. The authors are Monika Faber, Photoinstitut Bonartes, Vienna, and Walter Moser, The Albertina, Vienna. With essays from Elke Fuchs, Gesine Gerhard, and curator Magdalena Vukovic.
6 x 8 ½ in. / 120 pp / 53 b&w
Retail Price: $23.00
PHOTOINSTITUTE BONARTES, VIENNA