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“Fred Koch. Nature Photography of the 1920s and ’30s”: Rediscovery of a Forgotten Photographer

Friederike Eden

From the Journal: Rundbrief Fotografie

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20 Sep 2022



No detail escaped the photographer Fred Koch (1904–1947); his photographs sharply and pointedly present plants, animals, and crystals. His aesthetic photographs speak the language of New Objectivity, which more convincingly articulates in photography than any other art form. This review concerns the first presentation of the works of this now largely forgotten photographer at the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung in Berlin as well as the accompanying exhibition cataloge, in which Stefanie Odenthal, curator of the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, and Rainer Stamm, director of the Oldenburg State Museum, dedicate themselves to the photographer’s early oeuvre. They not only shed light on Koch’s biography but also attribute to him for the first time an oeuvre that can now be contextualized. More than eight decades after his death, Fred Koch is being appreciated in depth.

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