The famous Bauhaus art school had a short history, but it is what made art what it is today. The school itself existed in three German cities under three different directors.
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1919-1925: The Bauhaus was founded in Weimar in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius. It was created to combine architecture school, crafts school, and academy of the arts and became a pioneer of modernity. During its existence in Weimar, it became a favorite spot for meetings by the European avant-garde.
1925-1932: Gropius moved the school to Dessau in 1925. Later on, Hannes Meyer replaced Gropius when he resigned as director in 1928. During this time, two building commissions were made, which still exists today: the five-apartment buildings in the city of Dessau, and the Federal School of the German Trade Union headquarters in Bernau.
1932-1933: Meyer was a vocal communist who became a threat to the Bauhaus in Dessau. Gropius fired him in 1930 and replaced him with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies then interviewed students and dismissed the ones who were uncommitted to the school. He would not allow any supporters of Meyers to join the school. The National German Worker’s Party finally became strong enough to be able to gain control of the Dessau City Council and closed the school in 1931.
With his own money, Mies rented a factory in Berlin to use as the new Bauhaus. The school only operated for ten months until it was closed down in 1933 by the Gestapo. Mies fought and spoke to the head of the Gestapo, who eventually allowed the Berlin school to re-open. It was not long, however, until Mies and his faculty decided to voluntarily shut down the school itself.
Much of modern dance as it is today owes a lot to Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, husband and wife who founded the famous school and dance company, the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts in 1915 Los Angeles, California. At first solo artists, St. Denis and Shawn began collaborating a year prior on dances often described as exotic and sensual, at times even erotic.
As a photographer, Issa Ng is known for his expertise in portraiture and fashion photography. Having worked with different international brands as an Art Director, he has developed a great sense for aesthetics and details, which are reflected in his work. For the past three years thePetzval lens has been part of his workflow, and it has helped him create those show-stopping fashion portraits.
This article is dedicated to Serge Moulinier, a largely unknown French photographer who won one of the most important prizes in France with a book on Greek architecture. Strangely, little information can be found on the Internet about this great photographer whose work had also been published in an important essay written by the famous John Szarkowski, former Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Curious as to how the Bokeh Control Ring spells all the difference between the Lomography New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens and its predecessor, the New Petzval Lens 85? Watch Geoffrey Berliner, the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and an avid collector of Petzval lenses, succinctly explain in this exclusive short video!
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
The LomoChrome Purple is famous for giving photographs a surreal and otherworldly vibe, but in this featured album, one of our community members had actually created imaginary worlds using this emulsion. Check out the photos after the cut!
The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is more than just a medium format camera. It is lightweight, compact, and capable of shooting photos in three different sizes: 6x12, 6x9, and 6x6. Equipped with a high quality interchangeable lens system and and automatic exposure, it can give you beautiful shots in every roll. It can also take three different film formats: 120mm, 35mm, and instant. Read on to find out all about this fantastic camera.
In December last year James Wright, editor and creative director of So It Goes Magazine, went on a two-week trip to Sri Lanka, "a place so long on our bucket list, but up until then, as yet unvisited," he writes on the first of his three-part photo diary. Herein is the second part of his series that chronicles his adventures, highlighted by a selection of breathtaking images of the Sri Lankan countryside and the locals, among many other images, captured with his trusty photographic companions: the Leica MP, Lomo LC-A+, and an assortment of films including the LomoChrome Purple.
The history of cameras began in 1820, when Joseph Nicéphore Niépce invented a box camera prototype while working on a pinhole camera. Around 1870, in France, the very first box camera made its appearance on the market, even lacking a shutter mechanism: the photographer had to remove the lens cap to expose the photo.
This article is a tribute to the great Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira, who died last April 2. With an old Praktica loaded with a roll of black and white film, I captured so enthusiastically his city Oporto (Porto) with its famous Ribeira district, the most characteristic of the Lusitanian town. It was here that more than 70 years ago, Manoel De Oliveira created a timeless masterpiece: "Aniki-Bòbò"!