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A Look at the Collection:

On the 70th anniversary of the DGPh

An exhibition of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie


Ever since its founding in Cologne in 1951, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (German Photographic Society) has actively supported, researched, and promoted the medium. With a large network of some 1,000 members today, the society awards several prizes, holds conferences and exhibitions, and initiates publications.On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur is presenting a selection of 70 important works whose provenance goes back to the DGPh collection, including some that are rarely seen in public. The exhibits are part of a group of around 1,700 photographs acquired by the SK Stiftung Kultur in 1993. Amassed over several decades, the collection reflects the history of the DGPh as well as that of photography in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the period after the Second World War. The works for the most part came to the collection as gifts in the context of awards such as the Kulturpreis and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award, or in the course of exhibition projects. Particularly noteworthy are important sub-collections such as a large number of original prints by August Sander, an equally extensive assortment of works by the fotoform group from the field of subjective photography, and also several representative motifs by Albert Renger-Patzsch. The key collection themes of society and politics bring to light the diversity of reportage photography, including for example Robert Lebeck’s 1960 portrait of Patrice Lumumba, the first African prime minister of the Congo after its liberation from colonial rule. Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1929 portrait of Marlene Dietrich in top hat and tailcoat takes us back to the artistic and political heyday of the Weimar Republic in Germany. Liselotte Strelow likewise captured famous contemporaries; her 1956 portrait of Axel Springer is notable for its extreme lighting, recalling the chiaroscuro experiments of subjective photography. Diverse examples of media photography and experimentation are another focus of the DGPh collection, ranging from Man Ray to Harold E. Edgerton. Alongside the photographs, the anniversary exhibition presents for the first time a variety of materials and documents from the DGPh archives, with a row of display cases holding letters, scripts, press reviews, ephemera, photographs, and printed matter. Key events are thus brought to life, while exciting background information is revealed, along with surprising details of collective as well as personal reminiscences. The exhibition features photographs by Erich Angenendt, Herbert Bayer, Thomas Berndt, Kilian Breier, Fritz Brill, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harold E. Edgerton, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Hugo Erfurth, Herbert W. Franke, Robert Häusser, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Heinrich Heidersberger, Peter Keetman, Heinrich Kühn, Siegfried Lauterwasser, Robert Lebeck, Peter Magubane, Felix H. Man, Floris M. Neusüss, Beaumont Newhall, Hilmar Pabel, Man Ray, Albert Renger-Patzsch, August Sander, Karl Hugo Schmölz, Toni Schneiders, Otto Steinert, Liselotte Strelow, Carl Strüwe, Ludwig Windstosser, and Reinhart Wolf.Accompanying publication, German/English: A Look at the Collection: On the 70th anniversary of the DGPh, concept and text by Claudia Pfeiffer, ed. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, 2021, 28 p., € 9




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