Timm Rautert (Bilingual edition)

Bildanalytische Photographie / Image-Analytical Photography, 1968–1974



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Timm Rautert’s Bildanalytische Photographie [Image-Analytical Photography], from 1968 to 1974, highlights the fundamental conditions of photographic work-from the photographic act and the development of photographic images under an enlarger in the lab to the various possibilities of presentation. A systematically elaborated ensemble of analogue black-and-white and color photographs, of image-text compilations, and of manuals and photographic material provokes elementary questions about what photography means as a medium, what is expected from it, and how it has shaped the perception of the world. Scenic black-and-white photographs, passport photos, lab experiments, combinations of selected photo prints with their negatives are found here among Rautert’s 56 works, but also non-photographic material such as a grey card (used for measuring light mainly in photo studios), postcards and graphic manuals. Each work becomes an element of “analysis” showing the numerous potential scenarios of photography.

I wanted to trace photography to the conditions of photography. I no longer wanted to say: that’s how it is or that’s what it looks like, rather, I wanted to say: that’s how it is with photography, and then I started my photography experiments. Timm Rautert, 2005

Exhibition: Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2021

Additional information

Weight 1386 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 32.9 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 19 August 2020
Number of pages 164
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Bertram Kaschek, Christina Natlacen, and Steffen Siegel
Dimensions 24.9 x 32.9 cm
Weight 1386 g


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Born 1941 in Tuchel, West Prussia, in 1941, Timm Rautert studied photography with Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen in the 1960s. Starting in the 1970s, he mainly concentrated on photojournalism and documentary work, and in 1993 he was appointed professor of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where he taught until 2008. In the same year, he was the first photographer to receive the Lovis Corinth Prize. His books with Steidl include When We Don't See You, You Don't See Us Either (2007), No Photographing (2011), Josef Sudek, Prague 1967 (2016), Vintage (2017),Germans in Uniform (2018) and Anfang/Beginnings (2019).