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Kracauer. Photographic Archive

English, German · Hardback

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The photography book "Kracauer. Photographic Archive" is a collection of previously unpublished photographic material from the estate of the sociologist, journalist and film theorist Siegfried Kracauer. Portrait, city and landscape photographs give insights into the life of the writer and his wife Elisabeth, known as Lili - a life marked by flight and exile. The photographic portraits of Kracauer from the 1930s on were all taken by his wife, while prints, contact sheets, rolls of film and written material reveal that Kracauer took pictures himself, too. Neither Kracauer nor his wife was a professional photographer, yet their photos testify to the aesthetic and technical achievements of their collaborative photographic practice: the eye of the great photography theorist combined with that of the art historian and observant, self-taught photographer Lili Kracauer. The book also tells the story of Lili and Siegfried Kracauer's close working relationship - from the early 1930s following their marriage in Germany, to exile in Paris and the war and post-war years in the USA.

List of contents

7 - 10 Foreword (Maria Zinfert)11 - 20 The Image of Siegfried Kracauer (Maria Zinfert)79 - 88 Lili Kracauer. A Biographical Sketch (Maria Zinfert)

About the author

Siegfried Kracauer, geb. am 8. Februar 1889 in Frankfurt am Main, war ein deutscher Journalist, Soziologe, Filmkritiker und Geschichtsphilosoph. Kracauer ist Autor der ersten empirisch-soziologischen Studie in Deutschland (Die Angestellten) und gilt als einer der Begründer der Filmsoziologie. Kracauer starb am 26. November 1966 in New York.


"'The photograph becomes a ghost because the costumed mannequin was once alive,' Kracauer wrote in 1927. In that sense, the most haunting image is this newly-minted American standing by the billboard for a roadside attraction, dressed in a suit and tie, hair slightly windblown, expression unconsciously mimicking that of the poster's stoic Indian chief."
(J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books)

Product details

Authors Siegfried Kracauer
Assisted by Maria Zinfert (Editor)
Publisher diaphanes
Languages English, German
Product format Hardback
Released 01.12.2014
EAN 9783037346716
ISBN 978-3-0-3734671-6
No. of pages 256
Dimensions 232 mm x 288 mm x 26 mm
Weight 1324 g
Illustrations zahlr. Abb.
Series hors série
Hors série
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature > Letters, diaries
Non-fiction book > Art, literature > Biographies, autobiographies

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