Photo-eye. Fritz Block. New Photography – Modern Color Slides

His specialty, however, was the urban and travel photography typical of his era. In Berlin, Block looked at the Radio Tower from unusual perspectives. In Paris, he was fascinated by the structure of the Eiffel Tower and by the vitality of the Boulevard-Cafés and the Les Halles wholesale food market. In Marseille he took advantage of the Transporter Bridge to photograph a view from above, and at the Côte d’Azur he captured the lighthearted leisure activities of the beach. A trip to the US in the fall of 1931 proved particularly productive. In New York, Block photographed the skyline of Manhattan, high-rises like the recently completed Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the new George Washington Bridge, Broadway at night, people of different ethnicities, and the showmen of Coney Island. In Detroit he produced a striking series of photographs of the Ford factory, its smokestacks, work on the assembly line, and the company’s products.

Although he was not a professional photographer, Block did make use of his photographs by offering them for publication in the illustrated press. In the weekly insert of the Hamburger Anzeiger newspaper he managed to publish multiple photo reportages and title images in the early 1930s. His photographs also appeared in Die Form, a publication of the Deutscher Werkbund (German Association of Craftsmen) and in photographic yearbooks. Block took part in the exhibitions Internationale Ausstellung Das Lichtbild in 1930 in Munich and in the Internationale Foto-Ausstellung in Hamburg in 1932.

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1 Hamburg Schiffsschornstein.jpg
2 Hamburg Elbbrücke.jpg

3 Paris LaRotonde.jpg
4 Marseille PontTransbordeur.jpg

5 NewYork Hochhaus.jpg
6 Detroit Ford-Fabrik.jpg