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From Library Journal
Though his "Arms of Work" appeared in Edward Steichen's The Family of Man, Swiss photographer Jakob Tuggener (1904-88) received the international recognition he deserved only after his death. Three major themes dominated his work and this book: factory work, life in the countryside, and glamorous balls in grand hotels. This greatly simplifies the presentation of his oeuvre, which ranges widely from stunning images like "Arms of Work" to photo reportages for major illustrated magazines, films, posters, graphic illustrations, and 60 (unpublished) book maquettes, parts of which are reproduced here. The quality and scope of his photographs and other graphic works are remarkable. This book is published on the occasion of a recent retrospective exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich, co-organized by Gasser, who wrote his dissertation on Tuggener and is curator of the Swiss Foundation of Photography. Gasser's essay, based on visits with Tuggener and extensive research, leaves no aspect of Tuggener's life uncovered. Gasser organizes the book chronologically, with fine reproductions grouped with related text and enriched by excerpts from Tuggener's poetic diaries. Art and photography enthusiasts will greet this retrospective with happiness; highly recommended for art and photography collections.DKathleen Collins, Bank of America Corporate Archives, San Francisco
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About the Author
Jakob Tuggener's artistic career started in the late 1920s and was influenced by German expressionist films and the photographers of the New Vision. After a one-year stay in at the Reiman School in Berlin, Tuggener returned to Switzerland in 1932 and developed a unique personal style which after WWII became extremely influential for an entire generation of photographers, including the young Robert Frank.
Edited by Martin Gasser. Essay by Martin Gasser and Jakob Tuggener. Introduction by Guido Magnaguagno.
This book is the first comprehensive monograph on the Swiss photographer, filmmaker, and painter Jakob Tuggener (1904-1988). The main themes of Tuggener's oeuvre were work in the factory, life in the countryside, and society events such as the magnificent New Year's Eve balls at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz. At the time of his death, Tuggener left an overwhelming and practically untouched trove of work, consisting of thousands of prints, over twenty silent films, and hundreds of drawings, watercolors and oil paintings. Based on this extremely rich and varied material, this book examines the visual and, through Tuggener's own texts, mental world of one of Europe's most creative but hitherto undiscovered artists. This book fills a long overdue gap in the history of photography, and is a significant addition to 20th century photography studies.