Saturday, May 3, 2014

Female Nudes: Nature And Culture of Women 1925

One of the more elusive photography books published in the 1920s is Peter Landow's Natur un Kultur ~ Das Weib. It appeared in a Germany edition in 1925 and an English edition one year later. It is filled with 120 beautifully printed, large format, sepia toned gravures featuring female nudes from around the world. Contributions by Frantisek Drtikol, Trude Fleischmann, Lotte Herrlich, Emil Otto Hoppe, Germaine Krull, Lehnert & Landrock, Erna Lenvai-Dircksen, Wilhelm von Gloeden and others. It is a bridge between the last days of pictorialism and "the new vision", the era of modernism, just emerging in photography.

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