THOMAS FRIEDRICH BURSARY for Research in Photography

On 1 January 2015 the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin’s Museum of Modern Art, will be awarding the THOMAS FRIEDRICH BURSARY for Research in Photography

The name
The bursary is named after Thomas Friedrich (1948-2011), the curator, publisher, writer, historian of photography and Berlin resident. His passion for photography and his investigative instincts are an example to all researchers and an inspiration to delve deeper into the assets of the Photography  collection at the Berlinische Galerie for the purposes of scholarship. The bursary has been created thanks to the generous support of Manfred Heiting, known
internationally as a collector and patron of photography.

The purpose
The Thomas Friedrich Bursary is designed to offer young academics the opportunity to carry out research of a substantial nature and thereby establish a reputation for scholarship. The theme will be defined in advance by an expert jury with regard to material held by the Photography Collection. Each bursary will be awarded for the period of one year. The bursary holder will be expected to conduct independent research while benefiting from access to the library and Photography Collection at the Berlinische Galerie. The findings will be published in “Forschungsberichte”, a new bilingual series conceived specifically for this purpose by the museum.

The theme
The Erich Salomon we do not know
Erich Salomon was without doubt one of the most important photographers of the 20th century and a leading photojournalist in his time. Today he is known as the photographer whose pictures helped forge our memory of political and public life in Europe and the United States in the early 20th century. But although researchers have spent many years examining the Salomon holdings in the Berlinische Galerie and produced a catalogue for the exhibition devoted to his work in 2004, there are still a great many questions waiting to be answered by scholarly investigation. Our bursary will focus on the background and responses to his legendary slide lecture at the Kaiserhof hotel in Berlin in 1931 and his two London exhibitions (Royal Photographic Society and Ilford Gallery) in 1935 and 1937.

The awarding institution
The Berlinische Galerie is one of the youngest museums in the city, with a collection of art created in Berlin from 1870 until the present day. Founded in 1975 and housed in the Martin-Gropius-Bau from 1986 to 1998, this public institution became a close neighbour of the Jewish Museum in 2004, when it
opened its own doors in an industrial workshop generously converted to provide an exhibition space of 4,600m². Its photographs, paintings, prints, architectural artefacts and artists’ archives provide a basis for exhibitions around themes drawn from the collection and contemporary expressions of art in Berlin.

The Photography Collection reflects Berlin’s contribution to the evolution of photography from the mid- 19th century to the present day. Its focal areas are portrait and urban photography, new trends in the work of modernist photographers, novel approaches initiated from the seventies onwards by authors’ photography, one of the finest historical collections of photography from the GDR, and outstanding examples from the contemporary photographic world. With about 83,500 works to its name, the
Berlinische Galerie boasts one of the most significant collections of photography in Germany.

Bursary conditions
The sum of € 8,000 will be awarded for the period from 01.01. to 31.12.2015. An additional budget is available to reimburse material costs incurred in the course of research (travel, literature etc.) up to a maximum of € 2,500. By accepting the bursary, the recipient will undertake to produce a scholarly essay summarising the research findings on approx. 30 pages. This essay is to be submitted in German at the end of the bursary period and will be published by the Berlinische Galerie. In recognition of authorship and in return for ceding the rights to this work, the bursary holder will be granted an additional author’s fee of € 4,500. During the tenure of the bursary the holder will devote his or her time exclusively to the research objectives of the Thomas Friedrich Bursary.

Eligibility criteria
A university degree in art history (with a focus on the history and theory of photography) or a comparable qualification. A thorough theoretical grasp of art history research methods and some experience of completed independent research. Availability throughout 2015 for the duration of the bursary. Ideally, experience and previous knowledge of the stipulated research theme.

Please submit your complete written application, including a list of your papers and publications and an original copy of a specimen text, by 20 September 2014 to:

Berlinische Galerie, Personalservice
Stichwort: Thomas Friedrich-Stipendium
Alte Jakobstraße 124-128
10969 Berlin

Documents will only be returned if accompanied by an adequately stamped and addressed envelope.

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