donderdag 27 mei 2010
Arbeit! Constructivism Bauhaus Paul Wolff Documentary Photography
WOLFF, Paul. Arbeit! Berlin: Volk und Reich; Frankfurt am Main: H. Bechold, (1937). Square quarto, original blind-stamped brown paper-covered boards, original photographic dust jacket.
First edition of Wolff’s highly influential celebration of German industrialism, with 200 photogravure plates in the tradition of Renger-Patzch’s Eisen und Stahl (1931).
Rare photographic Nazi propaganda on the importance of the German workforce in Hitler's Third Reich. Illustrated throughout with captioned reproductions of b/w photographs showing the construction of the Autobahn, the Siemenswerk in Berlin, farmers, factory workers, drills and activities of the Freiwillige Arbeitsdienst, construction and maintenance of railroads, etc. Text in German, gothic script.
Bauhaus influenced many with visions “of an industrialized and socialized society” that placed Germany at “the forefront of European photography” (Parr & Badger, 86). Arbeit! is particularly noted for its architectural framing and lighting of massive machinery, its striking portraits of factory workers, and is frequently aligned with works such as Lewis Hine’s Men at Work (1932) and Albert Renger-Patzsch’s Eisen und Stahl (1931). Introduction by Paul Ehrhardt. Text in German, captions in German, English and French.