Georgij Petrussow, Berlin, Anfang Mai 1945 © Alex Lachmann


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Georgij Petrussow, Berlin, Mai 1945 © Alex Lachmann
Georgij Petrussow, Auf einer Straße in Berlin am 1. Mai 1945 © Alex Lachmann
Georgij Petrussow, Ruinen, Berlin Anfang Mai 1945 © Alex Lachmann

2016 Georgij Petrussow

This year’s grant has been awarded to the photographer Arwed Messmer. He will spend a year working with a book by Georgij Petrussow held in the Berlinische Galerie collection but never published. In a photographic response to Petrussow’s series “Berlin 1945”, Messmer will visit the places in the pictures, reinterpreting them with new photographs of his own.

Erich Salomon, Damengesellschaft in der deutschen Botschaft in Washington, 1932, © bpk - Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte
Erich Salomon, Die Hüte des deutschen Reichskanzlers und seines Außenministers, rechts die der französischen Delegation vor Ramsay Macdonalds Zimmertür im Hotel Beau Rivage in Lausanne, 1932, © bpk - Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte
Erich Salomon, Lausanner Abrüstungskonferenz, Abschlusstreffen der Politiker im Hotel Beau Rivage, Juli 1932, © bpk - Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte

2015 – Erich Salomon

The theme of 2015 was “The Erich Salomon we do not know”. The Berlinische Galerie holds the posthumous papers of this photographer, regarded as one of the most important photojournalists in the 20th century. He had a huge influence on our mental image of political and public life in Europe and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. Although there has already been considerable research into his life and work, many questions were waiting to be answered by scholarly investigation. The focus lay on his legendary slide lecture at the Kaiserhof hotel in 1931 and on his two London exhibitions in 1935 and 1937 (Royal Photographic Society and Ilford Gallery).

Steffi Brandl, Ohne Titel (Renée Sintenis), um 1929, © Berlinische Galerie
Steffi Brandl, Ohne Titel (Hilde Koerber), 1928, © Berlinische Galerie
Steffi Brandl, Ohne Titel (Porträt Paul Tillich), 1932, © Berlinische Galerie
Steffi Brandl, Ohne Titel (die Tänzerin Berthe Trümpy), 1927, © Berlinische Galerie

2014 – Steffi Brandl

2014 grant-holder Elke Tesch has been working on archive records relating to the Berlin portrait photographer Steffi Brandl. Brandl was a leading portrait photographer in the city during the 1920s and 1930s. Well-known artists and celebrities, such as Max Liebermann, Renée Sintenis and Adolf Loos, had their pictures taken at her studio in Berlin in the years before she emigrated to the United States, as a consequence of her Jewish origins, in 1938. Her life and work have not been widely known in the past. Elke Tesch’s objective was to fill in the gaps and to examine Brandl’s work in the context of a time when a number of women had chosen this profession. Tesch did uncover important new biographical details and insights into the way Steffi Brandl went about her work. Her discussions with photography scholars and contemporary witnesses, as well meticulous trawling of the source material, have produced some often surprising results. Previously unknown works by Steffi Brandl have been identified in numerous magazines and archives. A steadily expanding catalogue raisonné is taking shape in conjunction with the holdings at the Berlinische Galerie.

An Research report on Steffi Brandl takes place in a press conference on June 6 2016. Previously unknown works have been located in various archives by Elke Tesch. Drawing on the holdings at the Berlinische Galerie, a catalogue raisonné for the photographer has now been compiled for the first time. “Steffi Brandl: A Berlin Portrait Photographer” will come out in July 2016 (edited by the Berlinische Galerie, author: Elke Tesch, 80 pages/70 illustrations, price: € 24.50, ISBN: 978-3-940208-37-8).


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