The art historian Hans Finsler taught the newly introduced photography course at the School of Artisans and Arts and Crafts at Giebichenstein Castle. In his work he focused on documenting the products of the internal school workshops. He also worked for advertising agencies and involved the students in carrying out his commercial assignments. The shots of spools of pearl thread, some upright, some lying on their sides, were taken in a textile factory. Finsler rranged the pools in such a way that some are cut off by the picture’s edges. The depth of field serves to emphasize the fineness of the threads. In a manner as subtle as it is expressive, the clear composition highlights the quality of the material.