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Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal

Abstract

In this paper with a corresponding visual exhibition, I will examine the Hungarian modern artist László Moholy-Nagy's 1925 photobook Malerei Fotografie Film (Painting Photography Film) and his optical theories about how technology can impact human perception of time and motion. I will also investigate Moholy-Nagy's influence on other important photobooks of the era, such as Franz Roh and Jan Tschichold's Photo Eye: 76 Photos of the Time, and the important 1929 Film und Foto (Film and Photography) exhibition, known as FiFo, in Stuttgart, Germany. I will draw particularly on Pepper Stetler's 2015 book Stop Reading! Look! Modern Vision and the Weimar Photographic Book in order to discuss the significance of Moholy-Nagy's work and ideas within the context of the genre of photobook, a new type of book in which photographs were dominant and integrated with text that emerged in the 1920s, and the important FiFo exhibition that showcased Moholy-Nagy's ideas.

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