The project will shed light on an epoch in the history of photography in Frankfurt distinguished by a massively manipulative structure: photojournalism under National Socialism.
The oeuvre of the photographer Otto Emmel (*1888 GER–?), who was at the height of his career in the Nazi period, will serve here as a case in point. Emmel’s photojournalistic and other photographic works were published regularly in the Frankfurter Zeitung. The examples to be presented in the exhibition revolve around everyday life in the city, political and cultural events, celebrations and sports. The photos show human interaction between individuals, within and between groups in the urban space. How was the city’s architecture used for the aesthetic formation of Nazi ideology? And what role did photographers play in the process?
The exhibition will examine photographic motifs offering insights into daily life under National Socialism from the various perspectives we, as viewers of the present, adopt in our perception of the visual media today: for example the political, psychological, social, emotional, and artistic perspectives.
Part of Triennal RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain 2021
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