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Wilhelm Simon Guttmann, 1891–1990: A Documentary Portrait

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In his collection of biographical essays, Lebenslinien – Deutsche Biographien aus dem 20. Jahrhundert (Essen 2007), Diethart Kerbs gave the first tentative portrait of Simon Guttmann as one of the founders of photo-journalism. As an emeritus professor of the History of Photography Kerbs based his study on his personal acquaintance with Guttmann and on his photographic associates in London, as well as on research and contacts in Germany. The aim of the present study is to document as fully as possible Guttmann's development from literature, through the politics of the German revolutionary period of 1918/19, to his influential career in photography in Berlin and, eventually, in London. To do this, Nicholas Jacobs has augmented Kerb's essay with his own records of conversations with Guttmann (some undated), and with new critical material now available.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Hochschule der K√ľnste, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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