The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany

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Penn State Press, 2012 - Photography - 186 pages
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The fifteen years in Germany between the end of World War I and the National Socialists&’ rise to power in 1933 stand out as one of the twentieth century&’s most tumultuous periods. These years of political and economic upheaval famously spawned significant and lasting changes in the arts. However, one noteworthy product of Weimar Germany&’s booming cultural life has escaped significant critical attention: the photo essay. The Photography of Crisis examines narrative photography and creates a snapshot of where Germany was after World War I and what it would become with the rise of National Socialism. By reading Weimar photo essays within their historical and literary context, Daniel Magilow shows how German photographers intervened in modernity&’s key political and philosophical debates regarding the changing notions of nature, culture, personal identity, and national identity.

 

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Contents

The Photography of Crisis The Visual Turn and the Photo Essays of Weimar Germany
1
The New Receptivity and the New Photographer
16
The Illustrated Press and the Photo Essay
34
The Modernist Photobook The Nature of Nature
63
Photographic Physiognomies Diagnosing Germanness
92
The Snapshot and the Moment of Decision
119
Crisis Photographed The Afterlife of the Weimar Photo Essay
147
Notes to Introduction
153
Notes to Chapter 3
156
Notes to Chapter 4
157
Notes to Chapter 5
160
Notes to Epilogue
161
Bibliography
163
Index
173
COVER Back
187
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Notes to Chapter 1
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Daniel H. Magilow is Associate Professor of German at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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