Prints and photography

These artists used easily-reproducible media to capture the sometimes harsh realities of life in the Weimar Republic.

1918–1939 C.E.

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László Moholy-Nagy, <i>Photogram</i>
László Moholy-Nagy, Photogram

László Moholy-Nagy's Photogram forces the viewer to question what a photograph is.

Gertrud Arndt, <em>Self-Portrait with Veil</em>
Gertrud Arndt, Self-Portrait with Veil

Arndt’s choice to pose among so many textures, clothes, and props suggests she was aware of the power of photography to interrogate gender roles.

Lotte Jacobi, <em>Head of a Dancer</em>
Lotte Jacobi, Head of a Dancer

Who was this dancer, and why was her body not shown?

August Sander, Portraits
August Sander, Portraits

Sander documented German people from all walks of life, but the goals of his project remain unclear.

Umbo, <em>The Roving Reporter</em>
Umbo, The Roving Reporter

A Czech journalist is depicted as a collage of modern technology. What would Umbo make of our 21st-century tech?

Käthe Kollwitz, <em>In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht</em>
Käthe Kollwitz, In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht

Known for her emotionally laden prints, here Kollwitz memorializes a lost Communist leader.

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