Mein Kodak Avant-Garde Photography in 1920s Germany

Simmonds, Toni Mia (2004) Mein Kodak Avant-Garde Photography in 1920s Germany. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study examines some of the fundamental principles of a number of influential photographers working in Germany in the 1920s and assesses the ways they understood the world through their camera's lens. German photography initiated a complex engagement with the modern world and marked a significant reevaluation of the relationship between the camera, perception and reality. The unique quality of the photographic image's verisimilitude of nature was an important phenomenon in this re-evaluation, as it led to assumptions about the capacity of photography to reveal the truth of reality. László Moholy-Nagy's innovative employment of a variety of photographic techniques provide an effective conduit to modern theories about photography that not only expose the presumptions surrounding the photographic image, but also the inherent complications. I propose that the avant-garde photographic experiments of 1920s Germany radically changed the ways in which humanity perceived and interacted with the surrounding world.

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ID Code: 15991
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Pennings, Mark & McNamara, Andrew
Keywords: photography, German, 1920, camera, perception, reality, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Toni Mia Simmonds
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:54
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:41

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