ERIC Number: ED193668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
"Who Photographs Us?" The Workers' Photography Movement in Weimar Germany.
Ohrn, Karin B.; Hardt, Hanno
In a discussion of the attempts of the organized workers' photography movement in Weimar Germany to redirect the use of photographs in everyday life, this paper analyzes photographs published in the "Arbeiter-Illustrierte-Zeitung," (AIZ) a large and successful picture magazine that emphasized a left-wing, humanitarian approach. The paper points out that Willi Munzenberg, the founder of AIZ, and those who worked with him stressed the social function of photography, defined the camera as a weapon in the class struggle, and saw the worker-photographer as the eye and the conscience of the proletariat. The paper also notes that, in contrast to the bourgeois press, the AIZ and similar publications stressed the subjectivity of photography and encouraged workers to recreate and share their social and political environments through the publication of their photographs. In analyzing the photographs, the paper concentrates on the style of worker/photographers, with particular attention to family, documentary, and journalistic photographs. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Germany; Photojournalism; Workers Photography Movement
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 10-13, 1980).