Germany 1893 – 1985
Sunday afternoon, Kensington Gardens
London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
The new photo-journalism broadened their picture of the world for millions of people; the camera penetrated areas which until then had remained obscure for the ordinary spectator. Felix H. Man
The importance of émigrés arriving from Europe in the 1930s to the development of the documentary tradition was immense. Hans Felix Sigismund Baumann adopted the working name, Felix H. Man in 1929, a name which symbolised a universal identity. Fleeing the Nazis, he settled in England in 1934. When pioneering editor, Stefan Lorant, was setting up Picture Post in 1938 he appointed Man chief photographer, a post he held until 1945. A consummate technician – renowned for his patience, focus and economy of shooting – Man had studied art history and drawing, was widely read and well travelled. He brought all these skills to his job as a photojournalist.
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