Stamped on the verso "Ludwig Windstosser, Photograph, Stuttgart S, Neue Weinsteige 80". Also titled on verso. Provenance: estate of Ludwig Windstosser. On Agfa-Brovira paper with hyphenated logo. Passes blacklight test. Ludwig Windstosser was born in 1921 in Munich, Germany.He was one of the co-founders of the influential German group, fotoform. This group wanted to offer an alternative to postwar German photography, which had been marked by Nazi propaganda, by introducing a new language of form that used the vocabulary of the Neues Sehen movement of the 1920s.He participated in exhibitions and book projects of the international movement Subjektive Fotografie (subjective photography). Revisiting photographic trends of the 1920s and 1930s, fotoform significantly influenced the visual vocabulary of the German postwar avant-garde photography. Steep angles and exceptional picture details can also be found in his promotional photographs of industries, ranging from steel production to pharmaceutical and textile manufacturing. He portrayed, for example, the mining company Ruhrkohle AG, which played a crucial role in West Germany’s economic upswing. In his photographs he traced the production process from the mine shafts to the local furnaces, generating a portrait of mining that still survives in today’s collective memory.He produced several books, including "Das Stuttgart Buch", "Schwabisch Gmund", "Martin Knoller, Seine Kuppelfresken in Der Abteikirche Neresheim" and "Heilbronn". His work is included in the "Schupmann Collection, Fotografie in Deutschland nach 1945". His photographs are held in a number of institutional collections, including Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, the Museum für Fotografie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.He died in 1983 in Stuttgart, Germany.In 2019 through 2020, the Museum für Fotografie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin had a solo exhibition of his work, Ludwig Windstosser: Post-War Modern Photography. The 80-page book accompanying the exhibition delves deeper into Ludwig Windstosser’s artistic, industrial, and urban photography, the three main aspects of his oeuvre. His career was prototypical at the period of the West German economic miracle. Yet his oeuvre is unique in the versatility of its visual language, providing an easy access to the multifaceted photography of postwar Germany.
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Medium Silver print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1950c Print Date 1950c
Dimensions 9-1/8 x 9-1/8 in. (232 x 232 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country Germany
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