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The Photographers Nini and Carry Hess

Spring 2022
Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität

Nini (*1884 DE–1943?) and Carry Hess (*1889 DE– †1957 CH) — two outstanding photographers of the Weimar Republik —are the focus of an exhibition to be presented by the Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität. Today all but forgotten, the studio founded by the two sisters in Frankfurt’s Börsenstrasse in 1913 was once one of the most prestigious in Germany. Celebrities such as Max Beckmann, Alfred Döblin, Paul Hindemith, Thomas and Katia Mann, and Mary Wigman all had their pictures taken by the two portrait-photograph specialists. Nini and Carry Hess were appreciated especially for their ability to counter fine-art photography’s tendency towards stylization with a highly individualized, psychologically sensitive approach moderately adapted to the avant-gardist current of Neues Sehen, or New Vision. The two sisters’ contacts in Frankfurt’s theatre milieu were decisive for their work: in production photos and role portraits, they documented the innovative events taking place on the city’s stages.

Part of Triennal RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain 2021

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Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität
Schaumainkai 83
60596 Frankfurt

+49 (0)69 138 210 10

U: 1-3, 8 (Schweizer Platz) Tram: 12, 15-17, 21 (Stresemannallee / Gartenstraße)
TUE – SUN 10 am – 6 pm
THUR 10 am – 8 pm
Closed inbetween the exhibitions

largely barrier-free

WC wheelchair accessible

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