Metamorphosis 527, from the series: Metamorphosis Through Light, Helmar Lerski
Helmar Lerski
Metamorphosis 527, from the series: Metamorphosis Through Light
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Helmar Lerski

Metamorphosis 527, from the series: Metamorphosis Through Light, 1936


Blatt
29 x 23.1 cm
Passepartout
60 x 50 cm
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Inventory Number
St.F.3354
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift from the Galerie Kicken Berlin
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Helmar Lerski photographed the face of the construction engineer Leo Uschatz in a series of 140 closeups. Working in the blazing sun on a roof terrace in Tel Aviv, he achieved his dramaturgical lighting effects with up to sixteen mirrors and flags that helped him vary the intensity of the shadows. Having fled the National Socialists, the photographer and cameraman thus continued the studies in portrait photography he had begun in Berlin. He had already published his photo book Everyday Heads, containing closeup shots of anonymous persons, in 1931. Presented as impenetrable surfaces of mask-like rigidity, their faces speak of the conflict between emotionality and ideality.

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Title
Metamorphosis 527, from the series: Metamorphosis Through Light
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet verso Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: 527
Bezeichnet verso Mitte auf dem Trägerkarton: Schreibmaschinenschrift auf aufgeklebtem Papierlabel: "Verwandlung durch Licht"; 1936
Bezeichnet verso unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Stempel: REPRODUCTION PROHIBITED; COPYRIGHT BY HELMAR LERSKI; Zürich Plattenstr. 32 (handschriftlich)
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet verso unten rechts auf dem Trägerkarton: Handschriftlich: P1410005

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Nachlass Helmar Lerski, Museum Folkwang
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift from the Galerie Kicken Berlin

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10.04.2024