Aenne Biermann: A Pioneer of New Objectivity


Straying away from Pictorialism and German expressionism was the movement called New Objectivity, and one of the major proponents of the aesthetic was Aenne Biermann. Little has been revealed about the photographer; but for the first time in a long time, the world gets an in-depth look of her understated achievement in photography at the show Photographer's Name: Aenne Biermann at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

Aenne Biermann Selbstporträt, um 1931 Museum Ludwig, Köln Repro: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Aenne Biermann Gerd 7 Jahre alt, 1930 Museum Ludwig, Köln Repro: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln ; Aenne Biermann Porträt, um 1929 Museum Ludwig, Köln Repro: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Born in Germany, Biermann was born as Sibilla Sternfeld from a wealthy mercantile family in Roch. Like most affluent families, she was raised and taught in cultured hobbies like art and music. Biermann was a self-taught photographer. She used her own children Helga and Gershon as her primary models. She was a modernist who captured her surroundings in its rawest and accuracy but also photographed close-ups of plants as studies. Biermann was an enthusiast rocks collector, and it was through her rock collection did she meet geologist Rudolf Hundt, who commissioned her to photograph scientific illustrations.

Biermann died from liver disease at the age of 35 in 1933, but in her short life, she managed to make a name out of her photography. The show will run through September 30.

Produktpräsentation der Firma Hauff-Leonar auf einer Messe, 1930–1933 Rechts oben: Aenne Biermann: Kinder beim Spielen, 1930 Archiv Museum Ludwig; Aenne Biermann Cocosnuss, um 1929 Museum Ludwig, Köln; Aenne Biermann Kaktus, um 1929 Museum Ludwig Repro: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln; Aenne Biermann Kiefern im Rauhreif, 1929 Gelatinesilberpapier 12,5 x 16,3 cm Museum Ludwig, Köln Repro: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Images are from the press kit.

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One Comment

  1. jm60
    jm60 ·

    Her style is obviously the perfect fit for Lomography conceptually. It is also one of the styles I tend to gravitate to naturally, and I am sure others do as well. I now know what to call the style after doing it for many years. :)

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