John Gutmann Part I

« John Gutmann (1905–1998) was one of America’s most distinctive photographers. Born in Germany where he trained as an artist and art teacher, he fled the Nazis in 1933 and settled in San Francisco, reinventing himself as a photo-journalist. Gutmann captured images of American culture, celebrating signs of a vibrant democracy, however imperfect. His own status as an outsider—a Jew in Germany, a naturalized citizen in the United States—informed his focus on individuals from the Asian-American, African-American, and gay communities, as well as his photography in India, Burma, and China during World War II. Gutmann’s interests in painting and filmmaking, his collections of non-Western art and artifacts, and his pedagogy, all figure in a body of work at once celebratory and mysterious.

Gutmann was born to prosperous German-Jewish parents, in Breslau, Germany (since 1945, Wrocław, Poland). At age twenty-two, he graduated from the regional Academy of Arts and Crafts, where he studied with leading Expressionist painter Otto Müller. In 1927 Gutmann moved to Berlin, where he taught art to schoolchildren, participated in group exhibitions, and in 1931 had a solo show at the prestigious Gurlitt Gallery. However, his career was interrupted by the rise to power of the National Socialists in early 1933. While his family made plans to immigrate to New York, Gutmann set out on his own with San Francisco as his destination, and photography as his new profession. Before departing Germany, he acquired a Rolleiflex camera, hastily shot three rolls of film, and managed to secure a contract from the Berlin office of Presse-Photo. Making the most of a bad situation, he explored a new life as a foreign correspondent who would supply the very modern European illustrated press with views and reports from the American West.

By 1936, he had broken his contract with the Berlin press agency and made a new one with Pix in New York. By 1937, he had begun to teach art regularly at San Francisco College (later San Francisco State University), and this became his primary profession after a World War II era stint in the U.S. army. Gutmann retired his professorship in 1973 and began to reassess his body of work, sorting through boxes of negatives and making new prints of selected examples from the 1930s. It was a well-timed exercise: not only did Gutmann’s images satisfy a growing historical appetite for Depression-era photography, they also seemed compatible with certain kinds of experimental photography then emerging in the contemporary art scene. Before his death in 1998, Gutmann had seen his work featured in gallery and museum exhibitions, catalogues, and monographs.

By bequeathing his rich archive of nearly 5000 modern photographic prints, negatives, tearsheets, letters, and some drawings and early art prints to the CCP, John Gutmann has left us with the task of pursuing the rich knots, braids, tangles and threads in his complex life and work that unfolded over a most tumultuous and provocative century of modernity  » ccp-emuseum.

John Gutmann- “Memory”,1939

John Gutmann- “Memory”,1939 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Veiled Nude with Raised Arms,1939

John Gutmann-In Veiled Face, Blue Eyes, 1939

John Gutmann-In Veiled Face, Blue Eyes, 1939

John Gutmann-Half-Nude with Veiled Face 1939

John Gutmann-Half-Nude with Veiled Face ,1939 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann - Oracle, 1949

John Gutmann – Oracle,( Gerrie von Pribosic- Gutmann, on right 1949 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Rhinestones and Pearls( gerrie von pribosic gutmann), 1954

John Gutmann-Rhinestones and Pearls( gerrie von pribosic gutmann), 1954

John Gutmann-Behind the Fan, 1935

John Gutmann-Behind the Fan, 1935 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-The Fan, 1935

John Gutmann-The Fan, 1935

John Gutmann-Feather Hat and Black Lace( gerrie von pribosic gutmann), 1951

John Gutmann-Feather Hat and Black Lace( gerrie von pribosic gutmann), 1951 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Turning to look, 1935 1

John Gutmann- Turning to look, 1935 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Closed eyes, 1935

John Gutmann-Closed eyes, 1935 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Above the Veil, Her Eyes, 1935 11

John Gutmann- Above the Veil, Her Eyes, 1935 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Dancer Topless, 1939 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Dancer Topless, 1939 © Arizona Board of Regents

 

John Gutmann- Dancer Topless, 1939 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Dancer Topless, 1939 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Blonde Topless in Black Space, 1939

John Gutmann-Blonde Topless in Black Space, 1939 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Close- up, 1935 1

John Gutmann-Close- up, 1935 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Web of Light (Akiko), 1934

John Gutmann-Web of Light (Akiko), 1934

John Gutmann - Web of Light, 1934

John Gutmann – Web of Light, 1934 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Face Behind Curtain, 1937 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Face Behind Curtain, 1937 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- Double Portrait, 1938-39_

John Gutmann- Double Portrait, 1938-39 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Hands on Teleface, 1938

John Gutmann-Hands on Teleface, 1938

 

John Gutmann-J.G. Searching for Distant Views, 1938

John Gutmann-J.G. Searching for Distant Views, 1938

John Gutmann- Post-Surgical Portrait of an Artist, 1952

John Gutmann- Post-Surgical Portrait of an Artist, 1952 [Gerrie von Pribosic- Gutmann , with head wrapped in white bandage, dark framed work in background] © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann, The Cigarette, ( gerrie von pribosic gutmann),1950

John Gutmann, The Cigarette, ( gerrie von pribosic gutmann),1950

John Gutmann - The game , New orleans, 1937

John Gutmann – The game , New orleans, 1937 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Death at the Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1937

John Gutmann-Death at the Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1937

John Gutmann-Death with Flowers, New Orleans, 1937

John Gutmann-Death with Flowers, New Orleans, 1937

John Gutmann-Man Placing Hat Over Mask, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1937

John Gutmann-Man Placing Hat Over Mask, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, 1937

 

John Gutmann-The Father, New Orleans, 1937

John Gutmann-The Father, New Orleans, 1937

John Gutmann-The trip, 1955

John Gutmann-The trip, 1955 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann - Out of the pool, 1934

John Gutmann – Out of the pool, 1934 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann- After Her Dive, Watching a Rival, 1936

John Gutmann- After Her Dive, Watching a Rival, 1936 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann - Sailor girl Tatoo, 1945

John Gutmann – Sailor girl Tatoo, 1945 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann - That Inner Eye, 1940’s

John Gutmann – That Inner Eye, 1940 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Self Portrait with Irene, 1940

John Gutmann-Self Portrait with Irene, 1940

John Gutmann - Self -portrait , with his paintings Nude and Still Life with Apples , 1932

John Gutmann – Self -portrait , with his paintings Nude and Still Life with Apples , 1932 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Self portrait with LoveBird, 1934

John Gutmann-Self portrait with LoveBird, 1934 © Arizona Board of Regents

John Gutmann-Father Doll, 1951

John Gutmann-Father Doll, 1951

John Gutmann-Very Beautiful in Feather Hat, 1951

John Gutmann-Very Beautiful in Feather Hat, 1951

John Gutmann-Gerrie and Circular Drawing 1951

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Moma Collection

 

Braig- Nu, for Paris Magazine , May 1935

Braig - Etude de nu, Paris Magazine, May 1935

Braig – Etude de nu, Paris Magazine, May 1935

Braig - Etude de nu, Paris Magazine, May 1935

Braig – Etude de nu, Paris Magazine, May 1935

Braig- Nu, for Paris Magazine , May 1935

Braig - Etude de nu, Paris Magazine, May 1935

Braig – Etude de nu, Paris Magazine, May 1935

Jerzy Benedykt Dorys (1901-1990)

Benedykt Jerzy Dorys est principalement connu en tant que très grand portraitiste (photographique). Son studio, basé à Varsovie, déjà avant la guerre, était un lieu des plus tendance pour ne pas dire « branché » de la Ville de Varsovie et et se faire photographier Dorys n’était pas seulement de bon goût, mais révélait un signe d’appartenance à crème de la crème de l’époque.

Moins connues, mais tout aussi intéressantes sont ses photos de mode et ses quelques photos artistiques du corps nus. Dorys adorait les femmes et a su en sublimer toute les beauté et ce que je vous propose aujourd’hui à travers des portraits et des nus

Jerzy Benedykt DORYS (1901-1990) Tancerka z wężem , 1930s

Dorys Jerzy Benedykt- Tancerka z wężem , 1930s

Jerzy Dorys Benedykt- Act II, 1932

Jerzy Dorys Benedykt- Act II, 1932

Jerzy Benedykt DORYS (1901-1990) Akt, przed 1939

Dorys Jerzy Benedykt- Akt, przed 1939

Jerzy Benedykt DORYS Maria Gorczyńska, 1935

Dorys Jerzy Benedykt – Maria Gorczyńska, 1935

Emeric Feher (1904 – 1966)

 

Emeric Feher – Nu, Surimpression, 1935

 

Emeric Feher- Nu solarisé, années 1930

Emeric Feher- Nu solarisé, années 1930

Emeric Feher - Nu féminin, 1935

Emeric Feher – Nu féminin, 1935

Emeric Feher- Nu dans l'herbe, 1938

Emeric Feher- Nu dans l’herbe, 1938

un très bon article ici

Léo Malet

Léo Malet- Le rêve de Léo Malet, 1935 ( collection Vera Arthuro Schawrz)

Bohumil Stastny -Nude Study, 1935

Bohumil Stastny -Nude Study,  1935

Jan de Meyere – Behandlar, Portait of the actress Inga Tidblad, around 1935

Jan de Meyere – Behandlar, Portait of the actress Inga Tidblad, around 1935