Wittgenstein, Ludwig – Fotografie als analytische Praxis / Photography as Analytical Practice


Author: Verena Gamper, Elisabeth Kamenicek, Michael Nedo, Ulrich Richtmeyer, Gregor Schmoll, Joseph Wang-Kathrein, Hans-Peter Wipplinger
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
Year: 2021
ISBN: 978-3-9504888-8-3

Hardback, 304 pages, English / German, 3 x 28.6 x 24 cm.
Condition: NEW
The first ever examination of Wittgenstein as collector, author and arranger of photographs

More than any other modernist philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) maintained a notably unusual relationship to photography. From an early age he took a particular liking to the medium and returned to it often, as both a practitioner and a collector. The first volume to appraise his relationship to photography, this book presents his famous and only partially published photo album from the 1930s; photographs of the house for Margarete Stonborough-Wittgenstein that he designed with Paul Engelmann; the composite portrait of the Wittgenstein siblings; excerpts from Wittgenstein's various photo booth pictures and famously staged self-portraits; excerpts from his "Nonsense Collection"; his serial photographic documentations of places and people; and a selection of his picture-postcard correspondences with family and friends.

The exhibition places Wittgenstein’s photographs into a dialogue with the photographic practices or theories of contemporary artists, including Vito Acconci, Miriam Bäckström, John Baldessari, Gottfried Bechtold, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Christian Boltanski, Hanne Darboven, Ólafur Eliasson, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Günther Förg, Herbert W. Franke, Nan Goldin, Peter Handke, Heinrich Heidersberger, Peter Hujar, Anna Jermolaewa, Birgit Jürgenssen, Mike Kelley, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Friedl Kubelka, David Lamelas, Sherrie Levine, Sharon Lockhart, Inés Lombardi, Dóra Maurer, Trevor Paglen, Sigmar Polke, Timm Rautert, Gerhard Richter, Martha Rosler, Thomas Ruff, Norman Saunders, Alfons Schilling, Cindy Sherman, Katharina Sieverding, Margherita Spiluttini, Dominik Steiger, Sturtevant, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andy Warhol, Gillian Wearing, Peter Weibel, Manfred Willmann, Otto Zitko, Heimo Zobernig, and others.

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