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A good, comprehensive introduction,
This review is from: Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918 -1945 (Hardcover)
This book is a fairly detailed introduction to the photography and photographers found in Central Europe between the wars. The writer (Matthew S. Witkovsky) dots around the countries therein taking a roughly chronological route from the photomontage art as it appears after the end of the First World War to its return at the beginning of the second. The collection is full of names unfamiliar to many, but contains a wonderful diverse range of often surreal imagery of the time. Some of the artists included are August Sander, "Ringl and Pit", Max Ernst, Trude Fleischmann, Erich Salomon, Josef Sudek amongst many more.
Witkovsky's prose is definitely aimed more at the academic, but is not so heavy as to be prohibitive to the casual reader and contains much detail to introduce the reader to both the artists and the times they lives in. He focuses much on fads and trends that fed into the works of these artists and manages the tricky balance of providing enough information to let the reader enjoy the work without leading them too much. He also includes a comprehensive biography and bibliography for all the artists.
This book covers so much that there is plenty in here for even people who knows the subject well to chance upon something new to them. The photographs are nicely reproduced and well set in amongst the prose in what is quite a handsome book.
An informative and interesting read. Anyone with an interest in the history of photography should enjoy this.