Lyonel Feininger. Photographs 1928–1939. Photographs by Lyonel Feininger. Text by Laura Muir, Nathan J. Timpano.
Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) was 58 years old when he took up photography. He had
been a professor at the Bauhaus for almost a decade, and had enjoyed widespread
success as a comic artist and painter. Ever open to new pursuits, and inspired by the
works of his photographer sons Lux and Andreas and the experimental photography
of his Dessau neighbor László Moholy-Nagy, Feininger took up the camera in 1928
and began to explore a variety of avant-garde techniques. This painter of crystalline
architectures and landscapes left a legacy of fascinating unsettling images of shop
window mannequins and reflections, nocturnal photographs using double exposures
and other works. This is the first publication devoted to this little-known body of
work. Examining about 70 original prints, it also relates Feininger’s photography to
the rest of his extensive oeuvre.