The history of photography is also always a reflection of prevalent visual attitudes of the times. In the early twentieth century, a small number of women began to utilise this new artistic medium to express their subjective perceptions – giving rise to the specific aesthetics of a feminine visual approach.
Yet some of its representatives remain undiscovered and largely unacknowledged to this day. While names such as Aenne Biermann and Ilse Bing are relatively widely-known, not many people are familiar with the work of Elsa Thiemann or Leni Werres. Despite their vastly different approaches and individual life stories, they are united by the subtext of their work: their distinctive style of perception is always informed by their femininity.
Do these women possess extraordinary vision? What are the common denominators in the images of Aenne Biermann, Ilse Bing, Elsa Thiemann and Leni Werres? Whether they contain an open riddle or a hidden message, their images never fail to inspire thought and reflection. With strong contrasts and flowing shapes they draw the viewer, ever deeper, into the image.
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