The New German Objectivity

The New German Objectivity

Streaming Video - 2013
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In 1968, Bernd and Hilla Becher set out to photograph industrial buildings such as water towers, silos, and blast furnaces. Their goal was to return photography to the documentary nature of its origins and free it of "Expressionist meanderings," as German artists of the New Objectivity movement had done with other visual arts. The Dusseldorf school - the Bechers and their students - was to radically impact photography with its strict, dispassionate portrayals and predilection for straight lines. This program tells the story of the Dusseldorf school of photography, a legacy of Germany's New Objectivity, and its evolution since 1968. Covers Candida H©œfer, Petra W©ơnderlich, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, and Andr©♭as Gursky, focusing on the Bechers' industrial typologies, "Collegium Helveticum," W©ơnderlich's religious buildings, "Art Institute of Chicago II," Ruff's "Portraits," and "jpegs.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2011
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (26 min.) :,sd., col

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