MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPHS AND PHOTOGRAMS
[Laszlo Moholy-Nagy] Andreas Haus: MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPHS AND PHOTOGRAMS. NYC: Pantheon Books, 1980. First English-language Edition. A fine hardcover book in a fine dust jacket. Former owners small ink signature on FEP, otherwise interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print.
230 pages with 150 black and white, full-page duotone plates and 78 text illustrations (Much of the included material had never been published before). Also includes notes; appendices: a selection of original texts, documentary sources concerning the development of the photogram, biographical outline, bibliography; notes on the plates. Translated from German by Frederic Samson. Freitag 8481 (citing 1978 German edition).
This is the most comprehensive monograph on Moholy's photographic work and his approach to art and abstraction-- highly recommended.
For Moholy-Nagy, photography was of inestimable value in educating the eye to what he called "the new vision." He believed that the camera, through its ability to manipulate light and its capacity of the eye, could help us alter our traditional perceptual habits. From the Publishers Prospectus for László Moholy-Nagyšs 60 FOTOS, 60 PHOTOS, 60 PHOTOGRAPHIES. Berlin: Klinkhart & Biermann, 1930: " Moholy was one of the first to leave petrified traditions in photography and tread new paths by extending photographic possibilities both practically and theoretically. He arrived at lasting results in the photogram and in photo-montage at a time when these forms were almost unknown."
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (Hungarian, 1895-1946) was born in Bacsbarsod, Hungary. Injured during World War I, he turned to painting and made contact with the Budapest avant-garde in 1918. In 1922, Maholy-Nagy participated in the International Dada-Constructivist Congress in Weimar and began experiments in photography with his wife Lucia. Appointed master at the Bauhaus in 1923, he made his first film, Berliner Stilleden, in 1926. Although always a painter and designer, Moholy-Nagy became a key figure in photography in Germany in the 1920's. In 1928 Moholy-Nagy left the Bauhaus and traveled to Amsterdam and London. His teachings and publications of photographic experimentations were crucial to the international development of the New Vision. In 1937 he was invited to found the New Bauhaus in Chicago by the Association of Arts and Industries. Moholy-Nagy served as teacher and director there from 1937 until his death in 1946.
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