Photography and Germany

November 25, 2020
Photography and Germany

The idea of photography in Germany evokes everything from thepioneering modernist pictures of the Weimar era to the colossaldigital prints that define art photography today. But it alsorecalls horrifying documents of wartime atrocities and therelentless surveillance of East German citizens. Photographyand Germany broadens these perceptions by examining themedium’s multi-faceted relationship with Germany’s turbulentcultural, political, and social history while rethinking the notionof German photography with fresh insights on its historicalcontext.           Andrés Mario Zervigón covers this history from the region’spre-photographic experiments with light-sensitive chemicals totoday’s tension between analog and digital technologies. Ratherthan simply providing a survey of German photography, however, hefocuses on how the medium, as a product of the modern age, hasintervened in a fraught project of national imagining, often toproductive ends but sometimes to catastrophic results. Richlyillustrated with numerous previously unpublished images,Photography and Germany is the first single-authoredhistory of photography in Germany ever published, one that deepensour broader understanding of how photography cultivates notions ofa nation and its inhabitants.