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Jakob Tuggener: Photographs Martin Gasser

Jakob Tuggener: Photographs - Martin Gasser

Zurich, Berlin & New York: Scalo, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

A catalog of an exhibition organized by the Kunsthaus Zurich, Jakob Tuggener-Foundation and the Swiss Foundation of Photography, February 4th - Apr 9th, 2000, Kunsthaus Zurich. Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1];

From the cover: “Jakob Tuggener, photographer, filmmaker and painter, was born in Zurich in 1904. After an apprenticeship as a technical draftsman in Switzerland, he studied in 1930/31 at the Reimann Schule in Berlin, where along with graphic and poster design he mainly studied film and photography. After his return to Switzerland he worked as a freelance photographer and discovered the world of the factory as a theme which in 1943 culminated in the publication of Fabrik (Factory), Tuggener’s unique photo-essay on the relationship between man and machine. During the Second World War Tuggener, like almost all other Swiss men, served in the army and while stationed in various parts of Switzerland discovered a new theme, life and work in the countryside. Shortly thereafter he began to be increasingly fascinated by great society events, mainly glamorous balls such as the New Year’s Eve balls at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz or the opera balls in Vienna. On the basis of these and further themes such as car races, ships and railways Tuggener created over 60 hitherto unpublished book maquettes. Following the rules of silent film montage established in the 1920s, Tuggener’s picture series without words have a poetic power that represents the essence of his work and which have made him known as “photographic poet”. In the 1950s Tuggener was a founding member of the artists’ group Kollegium Schweizerischer Photographen (Academy of Swiss Photographers) and several times exhibited his work in Otto Steinert’s exhibitions of “subjektive fotografie” in Germany. Edward Steichen rendered Tuggener’s photograph Arme der Arbeit (Arms of Work) famous by including a large print of the image in his seminal exhibition “The Family of Man”. In 1969 Tuggener showed a first selection of his ball photographs in an exhibition in Munich, but only later was he able to show his entire oeuvre to a larger public, namely through two retrospectives held in Switzerland (Zurich, 1974; Solothurn, 1978). From the beginning of the 1960s Tuggener led a rather isolated and very modest life in his hometown of Zurich which in 1982 awarded him the Kunstpreis (Award for Cultural Merit) and where he died in 1988 aged 84.”


Foreword or introduction by Guido Magnaguagno. Size: 12" x 9". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 335 pages.
£21.50

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