Sunday, January 6, 2013

VU Magazine Photographic Reportage 1930s

Vu magazine edited by Lucien Vogel, published over 600 issues from 1928 to 1940 and became "the week's illustrated journal". Vu (Seen) was the precursor to all the "picture magazines" that would follow including Berliner Zeitung Illustrierte, Life, Look, AIZ, as well as a few of the picture magazines published by both the axis and the allies during WWII. The regular weekly issues (like the one above) were augmented by special "hors series" issues which were unnumbered and have become the most desirable, photographically exploring and at times exploiting controversial topics. 

Photographic contributors included Germaine Krull, Brassai, Man Ray, Maurice Tabard, Andre Kertesz, Cartier-Bresson and Eli Lotar. Art director, starting in 1932, was the legendary Alexandre Liberman. More about VU here.

(above and below) Cover and feature of distorted photographs, similar to the work by Andre Kertesz at the time, but by an unknown photographer. 

Automobiles Special Issue 1934. Cover photograph by Man Ray.

Automobiles Special Issue 1930. Cover photograph by Maurice Tabard.

Mysteres et Miracles 1931 Special Issue.

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