Monday, 11 April 2011

Abstraction and Photography: 2

European photographers began to produce work nourished by cubism, abstraction and the Bauhaus aesthetic pioneered by Moholy-Nagy and El Lissitsky.  Members of the New Vision Group began to produce innovative compositions. Within the French avant-garde, photographers such as André Kertész and Florence Henri began to treat form in new ways.  Kertész produced work like Shadow of the Eiffel Tower, 1929. Henri would seek out the abstract within the concrete in work like Abstract Composition (handrail) 1930. Henri would also use mirrors to manipulate composition on form as in her work. One interesting example is Window, 1928-29. Jaromír Funke also used mirrors in his Photographic Constructions (1923).

Other methods of producing photographic abstractions were found by photographers. For example, Christian Schad, Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray produced photograms and influenced future production of photographic abstraction via cameraless photographic methods. 

André Kertész  Shadow of the Eiffel Tower, 1929.

Florence Henri  Window, 1928-29.

Jaromír Funke Photographic Constructions  1923.

Jaromír Funke Light Abstraction, 1927

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