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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Ottomar Anschütz

Dates:  1846, 16 May - 1907, 30 May
Born:  Poland, Lissa (near Poznan)
Died:  German Empire, Berlin
Experimented in taking photographs that capture animal motion - similar to Marey and Muybridge. He was an inventor as well as a photographer and patented the slit shutter in 1888.

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Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Rossell, Deac, 1997, Ottomar Anschütz and his Electrical Wonder, (Hastings: The Projection Box) isbn-10: 0952394189 isbn-13: 978-0952394181 [Δ
Rossell, Deac, 1998, December, ‘The Anschütz Zoetropes‘, The New Magic Lantern Journal, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 2-3 [Δ
Rossell, Deac, 2001, Faszination der Bewegung: Ottomar Anschütz zwischen Photographie und Kino, (Frankfurt am Main/Basle: Stroemfeld Verlag) isbn-10: 3878777744 isbn-13: 978-3878777748 [German] [Δ
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Reichard & Lindner
Portrait of the Photographer Ottomar Anschütz (1846 - 1907) 
Family history 
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Visual indexes

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Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
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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Ottomar Anschütz ... 
A pioneer in the shutter technologies that would lead to moving pictures. 
Ottomar Anschütz (Who's Who of Victorian Cinema) ... 

Printed biographies

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

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.32 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Ottomar Anschütz.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by Ottomar Anschütz are included in this classic history.] 
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