The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany by Daniel H. MagilowThe Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany by Daniel H. Magilow

The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar Germany

byDaniel H. Magilow

Paperback | February 17, 2015

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The fifteen years in Germany between the end of World War I and the National Socialists’ rise to power in 1933 stand out as one of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous periods. These years of political and economic upheaval famously spawned significant and lasting changes in the arts. However, one noteworthy product of Weimar Germany’s booming cultural life has escaped significant critical attention: the photo essay. The Photography of Crisis examines narrative photography and creates a snapshot of where Germany was after World War I and what it would become with the rise of National Socialism. By reading Weimar photo essays within their historical and literary context, Daniel Magilow shows how German photographers intervened in modernity’s key political and philosophical debates regarding the changing notions of nature, culture, personal identity, and national identity.

Daniel H. Magilow is Associate Professor of German at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Daniel H. Magilow is Associate Professor of German at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
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Title:The Photography of Crisis: The Photo Essays of Weimar GermanyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:February 17, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271067071

ISBN - 13:9780271067070

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Photography of Crisis

1 The New Receptivity and the New Photographer

2 The Illustrated Press and the Photo Essay

3 The Modernist Photobook: The Nature of Nature

4 Photographic Physiognomies: Diagnosing Germanness

5 The Snapshot and the Moment of Decision

Epilogue: Crisis, Photographed

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“[The Photography of Crisis] is a thoughtfully and elegantly argued contribution to Weimar photo history.”

—Sabine T. Kriebel, caa.reviews