The Czech photographer and starter Jaromír Funke was certainly one of a kind. He was ahead of the abstract movements that would later on trend mid-century, such as Cubism, New Objectivity, Abstract Art and Surrealism.
He was one of the firsts.
Initially, a man with a background in medicine, law and philosophy, Funke turned to photography after the First World War. He was an experimental artist, playing with light and shadow through minimalistic compositions. He would use glass bottles, plates, glass objects, bulbs and other still life material for mirroring and reflecting, a style in which he challenges the perception of the typical human eye.
An avant-garde, Funke's "Abstract Photo (1927-29)" began to solely rely on shadows, with a goal to “highlight two objects, contrast two realities, combine different elements in a single photo".
Catch his work at the show Jaromír Funke. Avant-Garde Photographer at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, running through April 29.
Images are from the press kit.