Germany 1915 – 1978
Mask of the dancer. (Maske einer Tanzerin) [Maske einer Tanzerin (Mask of the dancer)] 1952 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Otto Steinert was co-founder of the German group Fotoform and a leading exponent of the post-war Subjective Photography movement. Steinert and his Fotoform comrades sought to reassert the value of personal expression in photography in the wake of Nazi rule. His work drew heavily on the ideas and techniques of the Bauhaus and Surrealist photographers of the pre-war period in his quest for a highly experimental, studio-based photographic practice that would ‘be able to lay bare all the technical and creative possibilities that are proper to the visual experience of our times’.
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