Stegemeyer, Elfriede - Fotografien
Elfriede Stegemeyer's photographic work was created between 1932 and 1938. The artist, born in Bremen in 1908, studied at the State Art School in Berlin and from 1932 at the Cologne factory schools. She belonged to an anti-fascist resistance group and, after she returned to Berlin in 1939, was interrogated by the Gestapo, who accused her of high treason. She was able to evade the allegations, but, according to an autobiographical record, "there remains a sword of Damocles over her head". After the war she turned to painting and finally to film.
At the Cologne Werkschulen she had practiced her eye for the connections between art and industry. She looked at everyday objects such as panes of glass, light bulbs, drinking glasses, kitchen utensils, and let their materiality emerge through multiple exposures or in montages. This is how works arose on the aesthetics of an industrial world that became visible in the details of simple things. But Elfriede Stegemeyer did not lose sight of the power that industry had grown over people.
hardcover : 127 pages
Dimensions : 22 x 28.5 x 1 cm
Publisher : Hatje Cantz
Language: : German
isbn : 9783893225057