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HUGO ERFURTH PHOTOGRAPH ZWISCHEN TRADITION UND MODERNE
von Dewitz, Bodo; Schuller-Procopovici, Karin
HUGO ERFURTH PHOTOGRAPH ZWISCHEN TRADITION UND MODERNE

Stadt Köln, Agfa Foto-Historama, Wallraf Richartz Museum / Museum Ludwig, 1992. 584 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Fine.

Hugo Erfurth (1874-1948)
Erfurth was the portrait photographer par excellence of the intellectual and artistic avant-garde of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s. Many artists, including Oskar Kokoschka, Otto Dix, and Paul Klee had their portraits taken in his atelier. He developed an elegiac style of portraiture. Erfurth’s work is characterized by a simple natural use of light, great psychological insight into the character of each of his subjects, and a masterful use of the technique of oil-pigment printing.

Erfurth studied art at the Academy of Arts in Dresden, Germany, from 1892 to 1896. Where he was trained in the aesthetics of Pictorialism and shaped by the compositional style of Art Nouveau. He worked as a portrait photographer in Dresden from 1896 until about 1925. From 1924 to 1948 he was chairman of the jury of the prestigious Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner (GDL). He worked in Cologne, Germany, from 1934 to 1943 and in Gaienhofen from 1943 until his death.



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