Es Kommt der Neue Fotograf! [Here Comes the New Photographer!]. Foreword by Werner Gräff. Photos and photomontage by Gräff and Willi Baumeister, Herbert Bayer, Andreas Feininger, Siegfried Giedion, John Heartfield, El Lissitzky, Man Ray, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Hans Richter and others. 1929. 128 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Original hardback with full orange cloth and original photo-illustrated jacket. 148 black-and-white reproductions.
One of the key documents of the New Vision Photography in Germany. Published at the time of the famous Stuttgart "Film und Foto" exhibition of 1929. "Importantly, the exhibition attracted leading modernist photographers not just from Europe but from the United States (Edward Weston, for instance) and Russia (El Lissitsky and Rodchenko). It included amateur work, commercial and utilitarian photography, and provided an almost indispensible survey of the New Vision in photography." Both Es kommt der neue Fotograph and Foto-Auge "adopt similar picture-essay formats to run through the various genres and stylistic features on New Vision photography. Werner Gräff’s volume, however, has as much of a practical as a theoretical slant. It can be considered as a 'how-to' compendium of the new photography, and is divided into sections, each several pages long, showing either formal strategies like tilting the frame or repeating similar elements, close-ups and so on, or genres such as photograms, montage, advertising and magazine photography"--Parr & Badger The Photobook: A History, pp. 98-99.
Fine- in Very Good dust jacket; slight wear and corner 'kisses'; moderately tanned with loss of 1 1/2" sq. in. to rear panel; smaller chips & creasing at extremities (mostly limited to rear panel); 1 1/2" closed tear to inner flap.