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Dates:  1890 - 1965
Born:  Germany, Thuringia, Apolda
Died:  Germany, Munich
 
  
He worked on experimental photographic approaches largely in the period 1927-1933. He used sandwiched negatives, extreme shooting angles, photograms, negative prints.

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Lucia Moholy
Portrait Franz Roh 
1926
 
  
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An art historian, photographer, and art critic, Franz Roh deplored photographs that were derived from painting or pretended to be drawings or charcoal sketches. His writings brought him close to avant-garde artists, who inspired many of his photographs. In 1929 he co-published and co-edited a book, Foto-Auge (Photo-Eye), with graphic designer Jan Tschichold. Asserting that photographs were an effective weapon against "the mechanization of spirit" and one of the world's greatest physical, chemical, and technological wonders, Roh and Tschichold based the book on a film and photography exhibition held in Stuttgart. The book's progressive stance led to Roh's brief imprisonment by the government censors, who forbade him to continue writing. In 1946 he was awarded a professorship at the University of Munich, a position he held for the remainder of his life.
 
[Courtesy of Muse XX, October 2007] 
  
 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

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The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Coke, Van Deren with Diana C. Du Pont 1986 Photography: A Facet of Modernism (New York: Hudson Hills Press, The San Francisco Museum of Art) p.182 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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