Axel hesse single
As I recently indicated, discussions about German photography are usually very narrowly focused on a single aesthetic (“deadpan”) and on a small group of photographers.In order to change this a little bit, I decided to approach German photographers to talk to them about photography.
To me, it seems to create “representations”, something entirely different from photojournalism á la Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Instead of delivering an image as an opinion it forces the viewer to incorporate his/her own ideas, understanding and knowledge into the reading of the photograph.
They were the only Germans in the show, maybe due to good relations between the US-American and West German art worlds.
If you looked at the German scene at that time, photography had almost no role in the art world.
Erwitt’s image - don’t get me wrong here, I like Erwitt a lot!