Arno Fischer - Photography / Fotografie


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  • New, first edition
  • Original cloth in dust-wrapper, 228 pp, text English/German
  • Published by Hatje Cantz, 2010

Arno Fischer (1927 Berlin) is one of Germany's most important photographers. After studying sculpture, he turned to photography in the fifties. He worked in East Berlin during this period, and as a man who walked the line between East and West, his photographs reflected the situation in the divided city. There he produced seminal works, including fashion photography for the legendary magazine Sibylle Zeitschrift für Mode und Kultur.

In addition to his expressive portraits of people such as Marlene Dietrich, his haunting travel photos, taken in the German Democratic Republic, Poland, India, New York, and Africa, reveal Fischer's sharp gift for observation and his talent as a sensitive narrator. Germany's most famous unknown photographer now lives a reclusive life in the country, where he uses a Polaroid camera to take casual, seemingly random close-ups of his garden.

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