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Franz ROH

Germany 1890 – 1965

From out of the night express c1927-33 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: 212
Dimensions: image 27.7 h x 21.5 w cm sheet 28.4 h x 22.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1984
Accession No: NGA 84.564

Franz Roh was a classically trained art historian who came to see the camera as ‘the most appropriate composition medium of our time’. As well as shooting from dynamic and unexpected points of view, he also delighted in revealing the mechanism of the process. His photographs often involved processes such as collage, the inclusion of text, double exposures and, most notably, negative printing. In reversing the way that the eye reads black and white, Roh sought to demonstrate how photography could provide a new, thoroughly modern, way of seeing and experiencing the world.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra