Einstieg in die Straßenbahn, Paul Wolff
Paul Wolff
Einstieg in die Straßenbahn
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Paul Wolff

Einstieg in die Straßenbahn, 1933

23.8 x 17.5 cm
50 x 40 cm
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Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
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Acquired in 2019 with funds from the Werner Wirthle bequest
Not on display


About the Work

In the narrow frame of this image, Frankfurt photographer Paul Wolff shows a woman boarding a tram. The photograph was actually taken as a commissioned work for L.B.O. Strümpfe, but it could have been used as an advertisement for local public transport as well. Especially during the world economic crisis, people were encouraged to use public transport more and so improve flexible mobility at work and in their leisure time. The picture underlines the role Wolff played in German photography: his works demonstrate how he lent shape to modern pictorial forms using a moderate style. In this way, each of his photographs could meet other requests and themes through his own agency. The beginnings of today's stock photography can be found in this system of commercialised image distribution.

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