Facts: Photography of the 19th and 20th centuries from the Museum Ludwig Cologne / Agfa Collection
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“Facts are marvelous replacements for suppositions.” Gustave Flaubert
Since the spectacular purchase of the Agfa Foto-Historama collections, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne can lay claim to the earliest daguerreotypes from Berlin, albums which once belonged to Alexander von Humboldt, photographs byDesiré Charnay of Mexico and Maxime Du Camp of Egypt, Auguste Salzmann of Jerusalem, Charles Clifford of Spain, August F. Oppenheim of Greece, photographic incunabula by David Octavius Hill und Robert Adamson, as well as prints by Alois Löcherer, J.M. Cameron, Nadar and Franz Hanfstaengl. The inventory also includes 200 caricatures and illustrations on the behavior of people in front of and behind the camera and numerous documents and autographs from Daguerre to Talbot, from Hermann Biow to László Moholy-Nagy. Erich Stenger obtained from August Sander a rare original ‘Stammappen’ on the work of “Mankind in the 20th Century”. The Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner (GDL) was then honored to present him with a portfolio of more than 50 portraits of 1949/50 members.
In the 1960s the following were added to the collection: the personal estate of Hermann Krone of Dresden, photographs by Baldus and Charles Negre, more than 300 portraits of artists, writers and politicians shot by Hugo Erfurth in Dresden and Cologne, photographs by Erich Salomon, Fritz Henle, etc. This unique inventory and the history of this collection is said to be the oldest collection on the cultural history of photography in German-speaking countries. Now for the first time Facts provides an overview of the entire collection.
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- 360 pages, 360 colour plates
- 24 cm x 28 cm
- Steidl & Partners
- ISBN: 3-86521-295-6