Bauhäuslers at rest and play
One and One is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef AlbersBy Sarah Hermanson Meister
Museum of Modern Art, £35
Design: Henrik Nygren Design
When we think of the photographic experiments of the 1920s, what immediately comes to mind are photomontages constructed from fragments snipped from diverse photographs or printed sources. There may be wild discrepancies of scale between the components. These agitated images often feel like pieces of visual engineering intended to advance an idea that might be rousing (the formation of a new society), or bitterly satirical (the perfidy of a warmongering politician).
Cover for One and One is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers.
Top: Photographs of Mrs Lewandowski of Munich, Ascona, August 1930, taken by Albers, shown in One and One is Four.
Rick Poynor, writer, Eye founder, Professor of Design and Visual Culture, University of Reading
Read the full version in Eye no. 94 vol. 24, 2017
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