Josef Breitenbach (1896 – 1984) Part II

Je vous propose aujourd’hui de poursuivre la découverte de Josef Breitenbach. Cette fois-ci nous laisserons de côté ses influences surréalistes et nous admirons ses fabuleux portraits, et nus et quelques photographies de voyages .

[Je vous suggère de ne pas manquer le premier article qui complète ce dernier, et qui vous permettra d’avoir une vue d’ensemble de l’entendue de son oeuvre ]

En 1932, Breitenbach ouvre son premier studio de photographie. Ses clients étaient des membres éminents de la bohème de Munich, (y compris les acteurs et actrices de la scène dans le théâtre de Munich.)  qui était alors un bastion des défenseurs des libertés et des personnes raffinées. Mais ce  monde a disparu en 1933 avec la prise de pouvoir d’Hitler.Plus que ses racines juives, le passé politique du photographe fait de  lui une cible à persécuter.  En Août 1933, avec son passeport, Breitenbach arrive en France, rejoignant d’autres exilés Allemands qui cherchent refuge à Paris.

La «révolution» surréaliste allait alors devenir dominante dans la scène artistique parisienne. Peu après son arrivée, Breitenbach est entré en contact avec André Breton et son entourage. Préférant conserver son indépendance, il n’a jamais été un membre du groupe surréaliste, mais a participé à des expositions importantes de la photographie surréaliste aux côtés de Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Eli Lotar, Henri Cartier-Bresson, et Roger Parry.

Breitenbach n’a vécu à Paris  que six ans, jusqu’à ce que la guerre  éclate en 1939, et pourtant, pendant cette période , il a produit certains de ses travaux les plus inventifs.  (Il a adopté plusieurs techniques favorisées par de nouveaux photographes tels que la surimpression, le montage, la solarisation, l’impression en négatif, et le photogramme. Plus important encore, il était l’un des rares artistes des années d’avant-guerre à produire des photographies en couleurs, ce qu’il a fait en utilisant des procédés tels que le blanchiment, la tonification et la pigmentation.)

La guerre interrompit ce deuxième chapitre de la vie du photographe. Interné par les Français comme un étranger suspect, puis rédigé dans un corps civil composé d’étrangers, Breitenbach finalement échappé à la France  de Marseille en 1941 pour New York . Il parvient à retenir l’attention de Walker Evans, qui  publie ses travaux  dans Fortune .

À l’été 1944,  à l’invitation de Josef Albers,  Breitenbach enseigne la photographie au Black Mountain College.  En 1946, il est devenu un citoyen des États-Unis et a rejoint la faculté de la Cooper Union .

For a biography in English go down Article

 

Josef Breitenbach- Night, Paris (Edith Schultze-Westrum)c. 1935, Vintage gelatin silver print collage

Josef Breitenbach- Night, Paris (Edith Schultze-Westrum), 1935, Vintage gelatin silver print collage ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Edith Schultze-Westrum, 1932, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Edith Schultze-Westrum, 1932, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the  actress Sybille Binder, Munich, Before 1933, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the actress Sybille Binder, Munich, Before 1933, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the  actress Sybille Binder, Munich, Before 1933, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the actress Sybille Binder, Munich, Before 1933, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the  actress Sybille Binder and Paul Robeson, in Othello, Munich,  1932, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the actress Sybille Binder and Paul Robeson, in Othello, Munich, 1932, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the  actressSybille Binder  Circa 1932, gelatin silver print, © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the actressSybille Binder Circa 1932, gelatin silver print, © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach – Portrait of the actress Marianne Hoppe, 1933

Josef Breitenbach – Portrait of the actress Marianne Hoppe, 1933 ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-  Sheila ,New York, 1942

Josef Breitenbach- Sheila ,New York, 1942 ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Aktportrait, Paris, 1933-1939 ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Aktportrait, Paris, 1933-1939. © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait,  1930s , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait, 1930s , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait,  1930s , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait, 1930s , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of a lady, Munich, 1932,  Munich,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of a lady, Munich, 1932, Munich,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-untitled , Paris 1936

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , Paris 1936 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Edith d'Amara, 1932,  Munich,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Edith d’Amara, 1932, Munich,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Patricia, New York, 1942, Vintage toned gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Patricia, New York, 1942, Vintage toned gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- A Woman and Her Conscience, New York, 1945, Vintage toned gelatin silver print ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- A Woman and Her Conscience, New York, 1945, Vintage toned gelatin silver print ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Annabella, 1933-39, Vintage gelatin silver print ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Annabella, 1933-39, Vintage gelatin silver print ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-woman in costume of shiny material with cape and hood, 1930s

Josef Breitenbach- Woman in costume of shiny material with cape and hood, 1930s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Sybille Binder, in fur coat. 1932

Josef Breitenbach-Sybille Binder, 1932 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait ofSchoura Alperin, 1934 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait ofSchoura Alperin, 1934 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait,  1935 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait, 1935 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Ruth Harris 1933-39 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Ruth Harris 1933-39 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Aristide Maillol, Marly-Le-Roy, 1934  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Aristide Maillol, Marly-Le-Roy, 1934 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of Man Ray, 1967, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of Man Ray, 1967, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Max Ernst and Marie-Berthe Aurenche, 1936 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Max Ernst and Marie-Berthe Aurenche, 1936 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Max Ernst and Marie-Berthe Aurenche, 1936 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Max Ernst and Marie-Berthe Aurenche, 1936 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Max Ernst , 1938 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Portrait of Max Ernst , 1938 Paris, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Max Ernst and his wife, Marie-Berthe Aurenche, Paris, 1936, Early gelatin silver print; printed c. 1942-1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Max Ernst and his wife, Marie-Berthe Aurenche, Paris, 1936, Early gelatin silver print; printed c. 1942-1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-James Joyce, Paris , 1937

Josef Breitenbach- James Joyce, Paris, 1937 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Wassily Kandinsky, Neuilly-sur-Seine 1938

Josef Breitenbach-Wassily Kandinsky, Neuilly-sur-Seine 1938 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

 

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait  of the Actor Sacha Guitry, Paris, 1938, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait of the Actor Sacha Guitry, Paris, 1938, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Japanese female mask, fabric background], ca. 1940s

Josef Breitenbach-Japanese female mask, fabric background], ca. 1940s


Josef Breitenbach-Close-up of woman’s eye, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

 

Josef Breitenbach-Sculpture Academy, Paris,  1935, gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Sculpture Academy, Paris, 1935, gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Sculpture Academy, Paris,  1935, gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Sculpture Academy, Paris, 1935, gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Standing Nude (Back), 1930-39, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Standing Nude (Back), 1930-39, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Dr. Riegler & J. Greno, Munich 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach-Dr. Riegler & J. Greno, Munich 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008


Josef Breitenbach, Dr. Riegler and J. Greno, Munich, 1933

Josef Breitenbach, Dr. Riegler and J. Greno, Munich, 1933  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach.Dr. Riegler and J. Greno - Munich,1933 Photogravure on wove paper

Josef Breitenbach.Dr. Riegler and J. Greno – Munich,1933 Photogravure on wove paper © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Dr. Riegler & J. Greno, Munich 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach-Dr. Riegler & J. Greno, Munich 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008


Josef Breitenbach - Self-Portrait with J. Greno ,1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach – Self-Portrait with J. Greno ,1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Female Nude posing, , Nd,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Female Nude posing, , Nd,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-soft-focus bust of nude woman holding grapes, Paris, . 1933

Josef Breitenbach- Soft-focus bust of nude woman holding grapes, Paris, 1933   © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Sonja, Munich, 1930-33, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Sonja, Munich, 1930-33, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Female nude sitting on blanket,  1935, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Female nude sitting on blanket, 1935, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-standing female nude - front view, furnishings, 1932

Josef Breitenbach- Standing female nude – front view, furnishings, 1932 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-untitled , female nude with dark fur and ornaments, 1940s

Josef Breitenbach- Untitled , female nude with dark fur and ornaments, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-untitled , female nude with dark fur and ornaments, 1940s

Josef Breitenbach- Untitled , female nude with dark fur and ornaments, 1940s  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach -untitled, 1940s

Josef Breitenbach -Untitled, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

 

Josef Breitenbach-We New Yorkers, 1942 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Electric Back, New York, 1949  toned gelatin silver print , montage © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Electric Back, New York, 1949 toned gelatin silver print , montage © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Medical Illustration, New York, 1949 Aus einer Serie für McCalls Magazine © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Medical Illustration, New York, 1949 Aus einer Serie für McCalls Magazine © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Emerging Torso, 1942-48, toned gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Emerging Torso, 1942-48, toned gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Adirondacks, , 1948,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Adirondacks, , 1948,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-  Portraits with Make Up,model Patricia & Josef Breitenbach,  New York, 1945, Vintage gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Portraits with Make Up,model Patricia & Josef Breitenbach, New York, 1945, Vintage gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-  Woman Transformed, model Patricia, New York  1942

Josef Breitenbach- Woman Transformed, model Patricia, New York 1942 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach -Morning, 1950

Josef Breitenbach -Morning, 1950 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach - Nu, 1950s

Josef Breitenbach – Untitled, 1950s  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , 1950s

Josef Breitenbach- Untitled ,Nude, 1950s  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Portrait, Paris, 1933-39, Vintage gelatin silver print ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Portrait, Paris, 1933-39, Vintage gelatin silver print ©The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach- Untitled , 1935  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , Germany, Munich, 1932

Josef Breitenbach- Untitled , Germany, Munich, 1933  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Akt, München, 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Nu, Germany, Munich, , 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-nude girl lying in gras, 1950s

Josef Breitenbach-nude girl lying in gras, 1950s  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Nude woman in the river,New York, 1953, , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Nude woman in the river,New York, 1953, , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-female nude with long dark hair lying on side on grass, 1961

Josef Breitenbach-female nude with long dark hair lying on side on grass, USA, 1961  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-back view of female nude with long dark hair lying curled on grass, 1961

Josef Breitenbach-back view of female nude with long dark hair lying curled on grass, USA, 1961 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-back of female nude with long dark hair, seated outdoors on branching log, Sept. 1961

Josef Breitenbach-back of female nude with long dark hair, seated outdoors on branching log, USA, Sept. 1961 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-female nude with long dark hair, lying face-down on grass, full length with feet at left, 1961

Josef Breitenbach-Untitlrd (Female nude with long dark hair, lying face-down on grass, full length with feet at left), USA, 1961  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Untitled ,  (Female nude with long dark hair, lying face-down on grass,) USA , 1961 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach – Untitled , (Female nude with long dark hair, lying face-down on grass,) USA , 1961 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach -buttocks and back of female nude with long dark hair, kneeling outdoors, , 1961

Josef Breitenbach -Untitled (Buttocks and back of female nude with long dark hair,kneeling outdoors), USA, 1961. © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-untitled ,female nude with long dark hair lying face-down on grass , USA  1961

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled (female nude with long dark hair lying face-down on grass) ,USA ,1961.           © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-untitled ,female nude with long dark hair lying face-down on grass , USA  1961

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled (emale nude with long dark hair lying face-down on grass), USA ,1961.            © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

 

Josef Breitenbach -back of female nude bending over in water, Sept. 1961 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach -Untitled (Back of female nude bending over in water), USA, Sept 1961. © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Les années 1950 et 1960 ont été des années d’intense activité pour Breitenbach.  Il a fait reportage photographique en Asie pour les Nations Unies et d’autres entreprises variées, documentant le travail des secours.

Il exposera ses photographies largement dans les Etats-Unis à partir des années 1940 jusqu’au milieu des années 1960, notamment au Museum of Modern Art et le Metropolitan Museum of Art

Josef Breitenbach-untitled ,woman curled on side in dried grass,  1952 Korea or Japan

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled (woman curled on side in dried grass), Korea or Japan , 1952 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- nude woman in black, Tokyo, 1953, Chromogenic print. © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- nude woman in black, Tokyo, 1953, Chromogenic print. © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.


Josef Breitenbach-Sleeping Japanese Girl, Japan, 1968.        © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Sleeping Japanese Girl, Japan, 1968. © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach- Dancing in the Streets (Bon Odori), Kyoto, 1956

Josef Breitenbach- Dancing in the Streets (Bon Odori), Kyoto, 1956 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-Eels and octopus. Pusan, Korea, 1953

Josef Breitenbach-Eels and octopus. Pusan, Korea, 1953 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-India, Construction Worker, Bombay, 1960

Josef Breitenbach-India, Construction Worker, Bombay, 1960  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust


Josef Breitenbach-  Woman Transformed, New York  1942

Josef Breitenbach- Woman Transformed, New York 1942  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

 

Josef Breitenbach-Mother with Sick Child, Patan, Nepal,Nepal, Patan, 1968, Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

You can see more on Gitterman Gallery

Des portraits du photographe par des anonymes ici  sur wordpress sur le blog  A la loupe

  Voir les résultats des actions le concernant sur Mutualart

Conseil de lecture  :

Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach: by Josef Breitenbach Photographs and text (in German) by Josef Breitenbach. Essays (in German) by Peter C. Jones, and Others , Published on the occasion of the 1996-1997 exhibition Josef Breitenbach: Photographien at the Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg Halle and the Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum, Ed° Schirmer-Mosel, 1996

Munich, Paris, New York Paperback – 2003 by Josef and Paul Berlanga, Exhibit Catalogue, edition Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2003

Josef Breitenbach » by Larisa Dryansky, Editions de l’Amateur, 2001

Cover of the Book "Josef Breitenbach" by Larisa Dryansky,  Editions de l'Amateur, 2001

Cover of the Book « Josef Breitenbach » by Larisa Dryansky, Editions de l’Amateur, 2001

 English Bio

Josef Breitenbach was born on the 3rd of April 1896. He attended Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich (philosophy and art history, 1914 to 1917) and became active in the Youth Section and later the Pacifist wing of the Social Democratic Party. In 1918, he took part in the Soviet-inspired Bavarian coup d’état, which was the first spark of the revolutionary fire that swept over Germany in the wake of the armistice. For a few months, Breitenbach also occupied an official position in the new government. Although the revolution was short-lived, the ties he forged with the radical circles of Munich’s intelligentsia later helped him establish his reputation as a photographer.

In 1932, Breitenbach opened his first photographic studio. His clients were prominent members of Munich’s bohemia, including actors and actresses performing in the Munich theater. Munich was a stronghold of libertarians and refined people, whose spirit Breitenbach captured in theatrical portraits of his friend, the journalist Theo Riegler. This world vanished in 1933 with Hitler’s takeover.

More than his Jewish roots, the photographer’s political past made him a target for persecution. In August, 1933, with his passport , Breitenbach made his way to France , joining other German exiles seeking refuge in Paris.

The Surrealist “revolution” had by then become dominant in the Parisian art scene. Soon after his arrival, Breitenbach came into contact with André Breton and his circle. Preferring to retain his independence, he never became a member of the Surrealist group, but did show work in important exhibitions of Surrealist photography alongside Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Eli Lotar, Henri Cartier-Bresson, et Roger Parry.

Breitenbach only lived in Paris for six years, until the war broke out in 1939. During this period, he produced some of his most inventive work. He adopted several techniques favored by new photographers such as superimpression, montage, solarization, printing in negative, and the photogram. More importantly, he was one of the rare artists of the pre-War years to produce color photographs, which he did by using processes of bleaching, toning and pigmentation. Examples are the images “Montparnasse”, or Forever and Ever.

During his years in Paris, he was also an active member of the German exile community, which alerted the democratic world to the threat of fascism. He participated in the 1938 exhibition by the Union des Artistes Allemandes Libres, “Five Years of Hitler Dictatorship”. A high point for Breitenbach was his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, summarized by portraits of the playwright. The war interrupted this second chapter of the photographer’s life. Interned by the French as a suspicious alien, then drafted into a civilian corps composed of foreigners, Breitenbach eventually escaped to New York from Marseille in 1941.He came to the attention of Walker Evans, who published his work in Fortune. In the summer of 1944, at the invitation of Josef Albers, Breitenbach taught photography at Black Mountain College. In 1946 he became a United States citizen and joined the faculty at Cooper Union and later The New School. Breitenbach continued to create distinctive and innovative work, including a striking group of camera-less photographs. These works hover in the liminal space between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The 1950s and 1960s were years of intense activity for Breitenbach. He did photographic reportage in Asia for the United Nations and other varied businesses, documenting relief work. He exhibited his photographs extensively in the United States from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I proposed today to browse some facets Josef Breitenbach left us behind. This was mainly the result of the encounter with the Surrealists and accompanied throughout his adventure. Through his portraits, montages , collage, photogram , naked, and some memories , moreover

Roberto Baccarini Part II

Roberto Baccarini Arimand-Banu gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini Elizaveta “Lila” Nikolska gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini. Nude , gelatin silver print 1930

Roberto Baccarini Mary Raoul sul set di ‘Fiori d’arancio’ ,gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini Rosetta Pedrani , 1930s, gelatin silver print.

Roberto Baccarini -Wanda Osiris ,1930’s gelatin silver print

Roberto Baccarini – Wanda Osiris ,1930’s gelatin silver print

Roberto Baccarini Nana de Herrera ,gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini – Wanda Osiris ,1930’s gelatin silver print

Roberto Baccarini Lina Gennari ,1930s gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini – Lidia Martora ,1930’s, gelatin silver print.

Roberto Baccarini Jo-Hai Tong Vintage gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini Bea Egervary gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini Elizaveta “Lila” Nikolska gelatin silver print, 1930’s

Roberto Baccarini Claude Génia Vintage gelatin silver print.

Roberto Baccarini Donna Maria Mirka 1940

Grundworth Part II

All the articles about Grundworth 

Grundworth - Nude reclining, c1920s Gelatin silver medium

Grundworth – Nude reclining, c1920s Gelatin silver medium

Bien que plusieurs photographes célèbres ouvertement publiés œuvres érotiques, plus osée avaient tendance à être distribués sous des pseudonymes ou sous les noms de studios commerciaux. Parmi des noms comme PC Edition, A.Noyer Edition ( Julien Mandel et Walery) , Yva Richard, et « Studio Biederer », Grundworth ressort comme étant non seulement l’un des plus prolifiques, mais aussi l’un des plus « débauché ».

Le Studio Grundworth , est connu pour avoir été Le Producteur de cartes postales érotiques à Paris à partir des années 1890 jusqu’aux années 1930. Mais à la fin des années 1850 les cartes postales ont commencé à s’éloigner des modèles universitaires et à suivre une voie plus lucrative , en utilisant des poses plus provocatrices et ayant souvent des modèles partiellement habillés en bas et lingerie. Le gouvernement a commencé à sévir , et la France institue des lois interdisant la vente de photographies de nus en 1850 et promulgue des lois interdisant leur circulation dans le courrier en 1862. Pendant et immédiatement après la Première Guerre mondiale, la production de cartes postales érotiques a vraiment commencé à fleurir, atteignant son « âge d’or » au cours de la brève période de l’entre deux guerres où la société européenne a explosée avec une nouvelle vision de l’art et de la décadence.

Grundworth - nude. Ca. 1930

Grundworth – nude. Ca. 1930

Grundworth -Postcard Studio 1925

Grundworth -Postcard Studio 1925

Grundworth -Postcard Studio 1925

Grundworth -Postcard Studio 1925

Mais qui est Grundworth? Un gros bruit de couloir prétend que Grundworth aurait été un pseudonyme pour divers photographes associés au sein d’un studio mais qui s’inquiétait d’une éventuelle arrestation pour indécence ou tout autre chose approximative. Comme la plupart des studios engagés dans la production de photographies érotiques et cartes postales de l’époque , et en dépit de la large diffusion de ces cartes , leur production et de la distribution était illégale en France , et tous les éditeurs photographes se devaient de garder l’anonymat . Mais on peut supposer , compte tenu de la productivité et d’un certain nombre de styles différents que l’on retrouve dans certaines séries, que Le Nom Grundworth est peu probablement assigné à Un photographe individuel, mais plus logiquement Un Groupe de Photographes qui étaient , peut-être connus , mais qui voulaient cacher leurs véritables identités . L’écrivain Suisse et Photographe Serge Nazarieff est un de ces photographes connus pour avoir manipulé les plaques négatives sous le nom de Grundworth. Le nom a aussi été caractérisé comme l’anagramme d’Albert Wyndham, un photographe connu.

Grundworth - Reclining Nude, 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Reclining Nude, 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - nude. Ca. 1930

Grundworth – nude. Ca. 1930

Grundworth - Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - nude. Ca. 1930

Grundworth – nude. Ca. 1930

Grundworth - Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard 22

Grundworth – Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard 22

Grundworth - Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - Two Nudes c1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth – Two Nudes c1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth - Deux femmes nues allongées se reflétant dans le mirroir, 1930s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Deux femmes nues allongées se reflétant dans le mirroir, 1930s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - Two Nudes c1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth – Two Nudes c1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth - Two Nudes c1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth – Two Nudes c1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth - Femme nue, 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Femme nue, 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth - Accrobatic Nude pose , 1935 Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth – Accrobatic Nude pose , 1935 Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth - Accrobatic Nude pose , 1935 Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth – Accrobatic Nude pose , 1935 Gelatin silver medium postcard.

Grundworth - Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth – Nude pose lingerie , 1920s Gelatin silver medium postcard

Grundworth Postcard Studio 1920s

Grundworth Postcard Studio 1920s

Josef Vetrovsky (1897 – 1944)

Josef Vetrovsky est l’un des acteurs de la photographie tchèque des années 20 et années 30. Sans bénéficier de la même reconnaissance que son compatriote et homologue Josef Sudek et de son professeur František Drtikol (1883-1961), il a lui aussi fait partie de la Société tchèque de photographie. Une exposition lui est consacrée, à Prague, en 1939. Josef Vetrovsky déclinera dans beaucoup de ses photographies les repères cubistes, et futuristes même parfois, du courant tchèque. L’étude de nu proposé ici n’y échappe pas.

Josef Vetrovsky – Naked woman on a couchcirca 1928

Josef Vetrovsky- Female Nude with Vase. 1929

Josef Vetrovsky- nude , Gelatin-silver print 1930s

Josef Vetrovsky – Female Nude 1931. Vintage gelatin silver print

Josef Vetrovsky- Nude, 1930s

Josef Vetrovsky – Female Nude Leaning, , 1928

Josef Vetrovsky -Untitled Around 1930 Gelatin silver print

Josef Vetrovsky – -Female Nude 1931. Vintage gelatin silver print_e Femme nue sur un canapé, circa 1928

Josef Vetrovsky- Akt study, around 1930, gelatin silver print

Josef Vetrovsky- nude , Gelatin-silver print 1930s

Josef Vetrovsky- nude , Gelatin-silver print 1930s

Josef Vetrovsky- Female-nude, 1929 (printed-1990s)

Josef Vetrovsky- Female Nude with Vase. 1929-30

Josef Vetrovsky- nude , Gelatin-silver print 1930s

Josef Vetrovsky – Nude Study , Prague 1930 ,Gelatin silver print

Josef Vetrovsky -Untitled Around 1936.Gelatin silver print

Josef Vetrovsky –Still life. Around 1925.Gelatin silver print

Frieda Gertrude Riess

Riess was born in Czarnikau in the Prussian Province of Posen where her Jewish parents were shopkeepers. At the end of the 1890s, the family moved to Berlin where she first studied sculpture under Hugo Lederer (c. 1907) and later photography at the Berlin « Photographischen Lehranstalt », receiving her diploma in the summer of 1915.

In 1918, she opened a business on the prestigious Kurfürstendamm; it became one of the most popular studios in the city. Partly as a result of her marriage to the journalist Rudolf Leonhard in the early 1920s, she extended her clientele to celebrities such as playwright Walter Hasenclever, novelist Gerhart Hauptmann and actors and actresses including Tilla Durieux, Asta Nielsen and Emil Jannings. While on a trip to Italy in 1929, she was invited to photograph Benito Mussolini. In addition, she contributed to the journals and magazines of the day including Die Dame, Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung, Der Weltspiegel, Querschnit and Koralle

Her success in Berlin was however short-lived. In 1932, after falling in love with the elderly French ambassador in Berlin, she moved to Paris with him, disappearing from the public eye. Even the date of her death cannot be clearly established and her place of burial remains unknown  (source wilkipedia)

 

Frieda Riess- Toni Freeden – Dancer, Germany  in a dancing pose – 1927 via getty images

Frieda Riess- The dancer Grit Helgesa Portrait in the role of a Harlekin Vintage,1920 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Ellen Petz Dancer, choreographer, Germany with a partner in the Petz Kainer Ballet ‘Scherzo’; costumes designed by Ludwig Kainer – 1920 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Portrait of Margo Lion, Cabaret Artist, Chansonniere, Actress, Germany, Portrait singing the couplet ‘Die Linie der Mode’ in the Wilde Bühne in Berlin 1924 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Hands Beautiful female hands , 1924 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Portrait of The dancer Grit Hegesa,1919 via getty images

Frieda Riess-Mria Schreker, Opera SingerWife of the composer Franz Schreker ,1922 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Lotte Pritzel Costume designer, doll artist,1925 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Lally Horstmann1920 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Lani Mohr-Solf,1931 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Portrait of the actress Leontine Kühnbergy 1925 via getty images

Frieda Riess- Dare Vare The daughter of the Italian Ambassador in China, wearing a white dress in the summer,1933 via getty images

Frieda Riess-Trude  Hesterberg – Actress, SingerPortrait in the cabaret Wilde Bühne, dressed in a long dress Vintage,1922 via getty images

Frieda Gertrud Riess The Sculptor Renée Sintenis (Die Bildhauerin Renée Sintenis) Gelatin silver print, 1925-35 Via moma

Frieda Gertrud Riess – Woman’s handS, 1924 via

 

Frieda Ries- Renee Sintenis, sculptor, Germany 1925 via

Frieda Riess-Baroness Nadine Uexküll dressed as Nefertiti,1928

Atelier Riess (Frieda Gertrud). Bara – Die Tänzerin Charlotte Bara. Ca. 1926-28.

Frieda Gertrud Riess Nude Model ,photogravure, 1925 via ebay

Frieda Gertrud Riess Nude Model ,photogravure, 1925 via ebay

Frieda Gertrud Riess Nude Model ,photogravure, 1920 via ebay

Frieda Gertrud Riess Nude Model ,photogravure 1920 via ebay

Albert Rudomine (1892 – 1975) le classicisme retrouvé

Albert Rudomine (1892 – 1975). Wiki.in Photo n°190, July 1983.

Albert Rudomine (1892 – 1975). Wiki.in Photo n°190, July 1983.

Albert Rudomine (1892 – 1975). Wiki.in Photo n°190, July 1983.

Albert Rudomine (1892 – 1975). Wiki.in Photo n°190, July 1983.

Albert Rudomine (1892 – 1975). Wiki.in Photo n°190, July 1983.

Albert Rudomine (1892 – 1975). Wiki.in Photo n°190, July 1983.

 

Josef Breitenbach (1896 – 1984) Part I

Il a assisté au cours de philosophie et d’histoire de l’art à l’Université Ludwig-Maximilian à Munich  de 1914-1917 . Il devient durant cette période active dans la section de la jeunesse  du Parti social-démocrate. En 1918, il  participe à la Bavaroise, un coup d’Etat d’inspiration soviétique, qui était la première étincelle du feu révolutionnaire qui a déferlé sur l’Allemagne à la suite de l’armistice. Pendant  quelques mois, Josef Breitenbach a  occupé un poste officiel dans le nouveau gouvernement. Bien que la révolution fut de courte durée, les liens qu’il a forgé avec les milieux radicaux de l’intelligentsia de Munich  l’ont aidé , plus tard, à établir sa réputation en tant que photographe.

En 1932, Breitenbach ouvre son premier studio de photographie. Ses clients étaient des membres éminents de la bohème de Munich, (y compris les acteurs et actrices de la scène dans le théâtre de Munich.)  qui était alors un bastion des défenseurs des libertés et des personnes raffinées. Mais ce  monde a disparu en 1933 avec la prise de pouvoir d’Hitler.Plus que ses racines juives, le passé politique du photographe fait de  lui une cible à persécuter.  En Août 1933, avec son passeport, Breitenbach arrive en France, rejoignant d’autres exilés Allemands qui cherchent refuge à Paris.

La «révolution» surréaliste allait alors devenir dominante dans la scène artistique parisienne. Peu après son arrivée, Breitenbach est entré en contact avec André Breton et son entourage. Préférant conserver son indépendance, il n’a jamais été un membre du groupe surréaliste, mais a participé à des expositions importantes de la photographie surréaliste aux côtés de Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Eli Lotar, Henri Cartier-Bresson, et Roger Parry.

Je vous propose aujourd’hui de parcourir quelques facettes que Josef Breitenbach nous a laissées derrière lui. principalement ce qui fût le fruit de la rencontre avec les surréalistes et qui l’accompagna tout au long de son aventure . En passant par ses portraits, ses montages, collages, photogrammes, nus.

Josef Breitenbach-Exposition Internationale, Paris, vue de l'intérieur du Pavillon de la Suisse 1937 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Exposition Internationale, Paris, vue de l’intérieur du Pavillon de la Suisse 1937 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Galerie Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1938,  gelatin silver print  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Galerie Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1938, gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Breitenbach n’a vécu à Paris  que six ans, jusqu’à ce que la guerre  éclate en 1939, et pourtant, pendant cette période , il a produit certains de ses travaux les plus inventifs.  (Il a adopté plusieurs techniques favorisées par de nouveaux photographes tels que la surimpression, le montage, la solarisation, l’impression en négatif, et le photogramme. Plus important encore, il était l’un des rares artistes des années d’avant-guerre à produire des photographies en couleurs, ce qu’il a fait en utilisant des procédés tels que le blanchiment, la tonification et la pigmentation.)

Mais pendant ses années à Paris, il était aussi un membre actif de la communauté  Allemande en exil , qui a alerté le monde démocratique de la menace du fascisme. Il a participé à l’exposition 1938 par l’Union des Artistes Libres Allemandes, «Cinq ans de dictature hitlérienne ». Un moment fort pour Breitenbach fût sa collaboration avec Bertolt Brecht, résumée par des portraits de l’auteur.

 

Josef Breitenbach- For Ever and Ever, 1937 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- For Ever and Ever, 1937 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- For Ever and Ever, 1937 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- For Ever and Ever, 1937 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- For Ever and Ever, 1938

Josef Breitenbach- For Ever and Ever, 1938

Josef Breitenbach- Montparnasse, Paris, 1937, Vintage toned gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Montparnasse, Paris, 1937, Vintage toned gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Sibylle Binder, Munichc. 1933, © The Josef Breitenbach TrustVintage bromoil transfer

Josef Breitenbach- Sibylle Binder, Munichc. 1933, © The Josef Breitenbach TrustVintage bromoil transfer

Josef Breitenbach- Denkmal vor der Enthüllung, Paris,  Veiled Statue, Paris,  1933-39, Early gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1942-48 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Denkmal vor der Enthüllung, Paris, Veiled Statue, Paris, 1933-39, Early gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1942-48 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Photograph of the Scent Given Off by a Rose Petal photogravure. 1939  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Photograph of the Scent Given Off by a Rose Petal photogravure. 1939 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- A small piece of camphor on the surface of mercury, 1937,  Munich,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- A small piece of camphor on the surface of mercury, 1937, Munich,, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach -modern female bust with hat, Paris - facing toward left], 1935

Josef Breitenbach -modern female bust with hat, Paris – facing toward left], 1935

Josef Breitenbach, Bust Coloré, Paris, 1935

Josef Breitenbach, Bust Coloré, Paris, 1935

Josef Breitenbach, Sculpture Academy, Paris 1935  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach, Sculpture Academy, Paris 1935 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach- © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach- Max Ernst and Dr. Riegler & J. Greno, Munich 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach- Max Ernst and Dr. Riegler & J. Greno, Munich 1933 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust. from Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach. Max Ernst and the seahorse, New York, 1942.

Josef Breitenbach. Max Ernst and the seahorse, New York, 1942.

Josef Breitenbach-The Hands of Max Ernst, 1942,     Silver print. Courtesy of mfa © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-The Hands of Max Ernst, 1942, Silver print. Courtesy of mfa © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

 

Josef Breitenbach- Bird, Photogram, hand colored gelatin silver print, 1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Bird, Photogram, hand colored gelatin silver print, 1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram , hand-colored , 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram , hand-colored , 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram , hand-colored , 1940s  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram , hand-colored , 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram , hand-colored , 1940s    © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram , hand-colored , 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Fragrance of a Pink Rose, 1945,New York , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Fragrance of a Pink Rose, 1945,New York , Gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Carnation and Fragrance, 1940s  ,gelatin silver print, 1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Carnation and Fragrance, 1940s ,gelatin silver print, 1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach- Red Rose and Odor, 1940 ,Unknown color process © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Red Rose and Odor, 1940 ,Unknown color process © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Untitled photogram, 1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Untitled photogram, 1948 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Fireworks, photogram, 1949 gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Fireworks, photogram, 1949 gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-untitled ( objects on a patterned ground, feather, clips, washers), 1954 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-untitled ( objects on a patterned ground, feather, clips, washers), 1954 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Huntsman's Luck, photogram , New York, 1946-49,  gelatin silver print  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach- Huntsman’s Luck, photogram , New York, 1946-49, gelatin silver print © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram - newspaper fragments with double-sided text, leaves,1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , photogram, 1940s © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-untitled , human circulatory system diagram, dark beach scene with wrecked boat,  1942  © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-untitled , human circulatory system diagram, dark beach scene with wrecked boat, 1942 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , human circulatory system diagram, wet beach sand with high sea horizon,  1942 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

Josef Breitenbach-Untitled , human circulatory system diagram, wet beach sand with high sea horizon, 1942 © The Josef Breitenbach Trust

 

Josef Breitenbach-Fabric Abstraction, New York, 1948, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

Josef Breitenbach-Fabric Abstraction, New York, 1948, Gelatin silver print© The Josef Breitenbach Trust.

 

La guerre interrompit ce deuxième chapitre de la vie du photographe. Interné par les Français comme un étranger suspect, puis rédigé dans un corps civil composé d’étrangers, Breitenbach finalement échappé à la France  de Marseille en 1941 pour New York . Il parvient à retenir l’attention de Walker Evans, qui  publie ses travaux  dans Fortune .

À l’été 1944,  à l’invitation de Josef Albers,  Breitenbach enseigne la photographie au Black Mountain College.  En 1946, il est devenu un citoyen des États-Unis et a rejoint la faculté de la Cooper Union .

Breitenbach a continué à créer que qui etait distinctif et innovateur,comme un un groupe de  photographes sans l’appareil. Ces œuvres planent dans l’espace liminal entre le surréalisme et l’expressionnisme abstrait.

Les années 1950 et 1960 ont été des années d’intense activité pour Breitenbach.  Il a fait reportage photographique en Asie pour les Nations Unies et d’autres entreprises variées, documentant le travail des secours.

Il exposera ses photographies largement dans les Etats-Unis à partir des années 1940 jusqu’au milieu des années 1960, notamment au Museum of Modern Art et le Metropolitan Museum of Art.

You can see more on Gitterman Gallery

Des portraits du photographe par des anonymes ici  sur wordpress sur le blog  A la loupe

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Conseil de lecture  :

Manifesto By Josef Breitenbach , Ed° Nazraeli Press , 2008

Josef Breitenbach: by Josef Breitenbach Photographs and text (in German) by Josef Breitenbach. Essays (in German) by Peter C. Jones, and Others , Published on the occasion of the 1996-1997 exhibition Josef Breitenbach: Photographien at the Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg Halle and the Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum, Ed° Schirmer-Mosel, 1996

Munich, Paris, New York Paperback – 2003 by Josef and Paul Berlanga, Exhibit Catalogue, edition Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2003

Josef Breitenbach » by Larisa Dryansky, Editions de l’Amateur, 2001

Cover of the Book "Josef Breitenbach" by Larisa Dryansky,  Editions de l'Amateur, 2001

Cover of the Book « Josef Breitenbach » by Larisa Dryansky, Editions de l’Amateur, 2001

English bio

Josef Breitenbach was born on the 3rd of April 1896. He attended Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich (philosophy and art history, 1914 to 1917) and became active in the Youth Section and later the Pacifist wing of the Social Democratic Party. In 1918, he took part in the Soviet-inspired Bavarian coup d’état, which was the first spark of the revolutionary fire that swept over Germany in the wake of the armistice. For a few months, Breitenbach also occupied an official position in the new government. Although the revolution was short-lived, the ties he forged with the radical circles of Munich’s intelligentsia later helped him establish his reputation as a photographer.

In 1932, Breitenbach opened his first photographic studio. His clients were prominent members of Munich’s bohemia, including actors and actresses performing in the Munich theater. Munich was a stronghold of libertarians and refined people, whose spirit Breitenbach captured in theatrical portraits of his friend, the journalist Theo Riegler. This world vanished in 1933 with Hitler’s takeover.

More than his Jewish roots, the photographer’s political past made him a target for persecution. In August, 1933, with his passport , Breitenbach made his way to France , joining other German exiles seeking refuge in Paris.

The Surrealist “revolution” had by then become dominant in the Parisian art scene. Soon after his arrival, Breitenbach came into contact with André Breton and his circle. Preferring to retain his independence, he never became a member of the Surrealist group, but did show work in important exhibitions of Surrealist photography alongside Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Eli Lotar, Henri Cartier-Bresson, et Roger Parry.

Breitenbach only lived in Paris for six years, until the war broke out in 1939. During this period, he produced some of his most inventive work. He adopted several techniques favored by new photographers such as superimpression, montage, solarization, printing in negative, and the photogram. More importantly, he was one of the rare artists of the pre-War years to produce color photographs, which he did by using processes of bleaching, toning and pigmentation. Examples are the images “Montparnasse”, or Forever and Ever.

During his years in Paris, he was also an active member of the German exile community, which alerted the democratic world to the threat of fascism. He participated in the 1938 exhibition by the Union des Artistes Allemandes Libres, “Five Years of Hitler Dictatorship”. A high point for Breitenbach was his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, summarized by portraits of the playwright. The war interrupted this second chapter of the photographer’s life. Interned by the French as a suspicious alien, then drafted into a civilian corps composed of foreigners, Breitenbach eventually escaped to New York from Marseille in 1941.He came to the attention of Walker Evans, who published his work in Fortune. In the summer of 1944, at the invitation of Josef Albers, Breitenbach taught photography at Black Mountain College. In 1946 he became a United States citizen and joined the faculty at Cooper Union and later The New School. Breitenbach continued to create distinctive and innovative work, including a striking group of camera-less photographs. These works hover in the liminal space between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The 1950s and 1960s were years of intense activity for Breitenbach. He did photographic reportage in Asia for the United Nations and other varied businesses, documenting relief work. He exhibited his photographs extensively in the United States from the 1940s to the mid-1960s, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I proposed today to browse some facets Josef Breitenbach left us behind. This was mainly the result of the encounter with the Surrealists and accompanied throughout his adventure. Through his portraits, montages , collage, photogram , naked, and some memories , moreover