“Along with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Otto Umbehr, known as Umbo (1902-1980), is considered to be one of the great photographers of the Weimar Bauhaus. Taught by Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky and Johannes Itten, from 1921 to 1923 he trained his eye in graphic composition, serial structures and in the effects of light and dark.
In 1926 he took to photography and distinguished himself with portraits of Berlin’s bohemian culture and with ordinary street scenes taken from the perspective of the flâneur as the founder of a new photographic aesthetic, which abandoned the New Objectivity [Neue Sachlichkeit] style, as it was represented by artists such as August Sander and Albert Renger-Patzsch. In contrast, Umbo’s poetic black and white photographs and photo collages, with their eccentric vantage points, their severe contrast of light and shadow, and the expressive close-up shots, set new standards, which also revealed the influence of film.” (http://www.hausderkunst.de/agenda/detail/umbo-vom-bauhaus-zum-bildjournalismus/)
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