Photography in the Third Reich: Art, Physiognomy and Propaganda - cover image

Copyright

Christopher Webster

Published On

2021-01-07

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-914-0
Hardback978-1-78374-915-7
PDF978-1-78374-916-4
HTML978-1-80064-613-1
XML978-1-78374-919-5
EPUB978-1-78374-917-1
MOBI978-1-78374-918-8

Language

  • English

Print Length

310 pages (xiv+296)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 22 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.85" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 25 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1304g (46.00oz)
Hardback1696g (59.82oz)

Media

Illustrations67

OCLC Number

1230223712

LCCN

2020476686

BIC

  • JFC
  • AJ
  • AJB
  • AP

BISAC

  • PHO007000
  • SOC024000

LCC

  • TR73

Keywords

  • photo-historical survey
  • photographers
  • National Socialism
  • Third Reich
  • physiognomic photography
  • ethnographic photography
  • Selbstgleichschaltung
  • photography
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Photography in the Third Reich

Art, Physiognomy and Propaganda

  • Christopher Webster (editor)

This lucid and comprehensive collection of essays by an international group of scholars constitutes a photo-historical survey of select photographers who embraced National Socialism during the Third Reich. These photographers developed and implemented physiognomic and ethnographic photography, and, through a Selbstgleichschaltung (a self-co-ordination with the regime), continued to practice as photographers throughout the twelve years of the Third Reich. The volume explores, through photographic reproductions and accompanying analysis, diverse aspects of photography during the Third Reich, ranging from the influence of Modernism, the qualitative effect of propaganda photography, and the utilisation of technology such as colour film, to the photograph as ideological metaphor. With an emphasis on the idealised representation of the German body and the role of physiognomy within this representation, the book examines how select photographers created and developed a visual myth of the ‘master race’ and its antitheses under the auspices of the Nationalist Socialist state. Photography in the Third Reich approaches its historical source photographs as material culture, examining their production, construction and proliferation. This detailed and informative text will be a valuable resource not only to historians studying the Third Reich, but to scholars and students of film, history of art, politics, media studies, cultural studies and holocaust studies.

Reviews

The essays in this volume focus in particular on the work of photographers in the Third Reich…(who used) the photographic nexus of mysticism and 'Ethnos'. As this insightful and richly illustrated volume as a whole demonstrates, it is not true to say the camera never lies.

Paul Bishop

Journal of European Studies, vol. 51, no. 2,

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword

Eric Kurlander


Introduction


Editor’s Introduction

Christopher Webster


Photo Lessons: Teaching Physiognomy during the Weimar Republic

Pepper Stetler


STATE


Dark Sky, White Costumes: The Janus State of Modern Photography in Germany 1933–1945

Rolf Sachsse


LEADERS


‘The Deepest Well of German Life’: Hierarchy, Physiognomy and the Imperative of Leadership in Erich Retzlaff’s Portraits of the National Socialist Elite

Christopher Webster


WORKERS


The Timeless Imprint of Erna Lendvai-Dircksen’s Das deutsche Volksgesicht (Face of the German Race)

Andrés Mario Zervigón


HEIMAT


Photography, Heimat, Ideology

Ulrich Hägele


MYTH


‘Transmissions from an Extrasensory World’ — Ethnos and Mysticism in the Photographic Nexus

Christopher Webster


SCIENCE


Science and Ideology: Photographic ‘Economies of Demonstration’ in Racial Science

Amos Morris Reich


Conclusion Download

Christopher Webster


Bibliography

List of Illustrations

About the Team


Contributors

Christopher Webster

(editor)