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Bauhaus crash course with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Bauhaus people around Walter Gropius not only shaped architecture, art and design, but also photography. What exactly Bauhaus means in photography can be read in our little crash course. A Porsche Cayenne Turbo was kind enough to be made available as a model to demonstrate the basic principles of Bauhaus photography in a wonderful way.

Text: Natalie Diedrichs Photo: SSSZphoto 14.02.2019 2 min

The handymen-mnemonic

For all those who think that Bauhaus is a DIY store with a well-assorted screw department: that's true. And the aforementioned Bauhaus is also not so far away from the other Bauhaus. For the typical DIY store wall (hammers, nails, screwdrivers) has a similar geometricizing effect that László Moholy-Nagy and his then wife Lucia Moholy used to create in their photographs: Diagonals, large, small or separated in a certain compartment - can be easily remembered.

Seeing is not the same as seeing

A distinction is made between different types of vision: One is social vision. It is an instrumental seeing to cope with his everyday life. »I need this, I need that« - so seeing serves a certain purpose. Then there is aesthetic vision. It does not fulfil any function, but you simply perceive something, let it have an effect on you.

Everything but art photography!

Until the twenties photography was very influenced by painting. You photographed a portrait and then you made it look like a painting. But that no longer suited the Bauhaus people. Instead, they concentrated on the technical advantages of photography, such as the ability to take snapshots or print photographs. The „Bauhäuslers“ wanted to distance themselves from art photography with every means at their disposal. For this reason, they established the term »new seeing« alongside »social seeing« and »aesthetic seeing«.

The Bauhaus Perspective

Bauhaus photography is about the liberation of seeing: The photographers lie down and look up or stand on something and look down - the main thing is that the perspective is exciting. By the way: Bauhaus was not only black-and-white photography. In the beginning it was, but that was only because the colour film became suitable for the masses only from 1930.

And who wants to have a look at the works of the »real« Bauhaus artists: The exhibition »Bauhaus in der Fotografie - Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst« (Bauhaus in Photography - On New Vision in Contemporary Art) runs until the 10th of March 2019 at the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf. The complete travel history with the Cayenne Turbo to Düsseldorf is in ramp#45.