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

However, his photographic career in Germany was limited to a brief timeframe. As a Jew, Block was not allowed to publish his photographs as of 1933 (nor was he allowed to continue his work as a self-employed architect). He decided to take photographs only during his travels abroad. In 1933 he took a zeppelin flight to Brazil; in 1935 he produced a series of images on Petticoat Lane Market in London; and 1938 a cruise around the world enabled him to explore various destinations for exile.

In late 1938 Fritz Block emigrated to the US. Settling in Los Angeles, he made photography his main profession and began working with Kodachrome color photography. In the 1940s he produced and sold (in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York) novel series of color slides featuring modern architecture in California as well as other images of art, technology, and nature as an innovative medium for contemporary art education in the US—which marks a unique and previously overlooked achievement among exiled photographers.

With its Block exhibition the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung makes the photo-eye of an extraordinary photographer visible again.

Accompanying Events:

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2:00 pm: tour with the curator
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2:00 pm: tour with the curator
 

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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