Until photography

In the domain of art, each creation is unique, and knows little progress thereafter. Arising over time are all sorts of variations of the same themes, sometimes full-bodied, often quite bland. But the force existing at the beginning of the work is rarely maintained. Similarly, when this force is reapplied, the action produced in the artwork becomes automated and mechanized, so much so that the dulled senses fail to respond to the medium. The time is then ripe for a new invention. What we call the technique is inseparable from the art. And so we are wanting, and this is not a trivial matter, to do away with some ideas. Gutenberg, the inventor of movable type, printed by this means a handful of books, which still remain supreme as realisations of the art of book typography. The centuries which have succeeded him were not marked by any other major invention in this field of interest – until photography. - El Lissitzky, Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1926

Children playing in Dublin 1956
Dublin 1956

How I discovered my affection for Ireland

For several days he walked through Dublin and documented the everyday life of the Irish capital. Playing children, praying people and the famed Irish pubs.

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Graf Goertz leaning on the BMW Roadster 507
Graf Goertz 1965

Graf Goertz

Albrecht Graf Goertz, aristocrat, emigrant, aesthete, cosmopolitan - and car designer. He created the BMW 507, the legendary roadster of unprecedented elegance.

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Salmon Fishing at Celilo Falls
Celilo Falls

Celilo Falls - Echo of falling water

For 15,000 years, native peoples gathered at Wyam to fish and exchange goods. They built wooden platforms out over the water and caught salmon with dipnets and long spears on poles as the fish swam up through the rapids and jumped over the falls. Historically, an estimated fifteen to twenty million salmon passed through the falls every year, making it one of the greatest fishing sites in North America.

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Soldier says goodbye to his son
Israel 1956

The crisis had turned into a war

In the course of 1956, the conflict between Egypt and Israel intensified, which had to defend itself increasingly against attacks by Fedayeen from Egyptian territory and from the Egyptian occupied Gaza Strip. Egypt did not recognise the state of Israel and denied any diplomatic relations with its Western-oriented neighbour. It had blocked the Strait of Tiran, cutting Israel off from maritime trade through the Red Sea and closing the Suez Canal to Israeli ships.

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Kaiser Wilhelm Statue on Desk
Kaiser Wilhem's II last exile

House Doorn - Kaiser Wilhem's II

House Doorn was the residence of the last German Emperor, Wilhelm II. After the German defeat in the First World War, Wilhelm fled to the neutral Netherlands and he lived on this estate in the Utrecht province from 1920 to 1941.

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German Soldier in North Africa 1942
North Africa 1942

El Alamein

In early July 1942, Churchill was becoming increasingly impatient with progress in the Western Desert. In early August that year, he arrived in Cairo and handed over command to General Bernard Montgomery.

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Sefton Delmer and Felix Delmer at Goldfish Bowl
Sefton Delmer, Essex

Sefton Delmer | Black Propaganda

Sefton Delmer, whose dispatches were probably read by more people than any other British foreign correspondent's in the years before and after World War II, was born and brought up in Berlin, where his father was Professor of English at the University. He spoke and thought as fluently in German as he did in his native tongue.

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