Lucia Moholy. Writing Photography’s History
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
– 2 February 2020
Lucia Moholy documented the history of the Bauhaus from Weimar to Dessau in photographs which had a considerable influence on its image. However, Moholy’s interest in the history of photography itself was much more far-reaching. This interest culminated in the publication of her book “A Hundred Years of Photography 1839–1939”, which Moholy published in London after she emigrated to England in the year war broke out. In it, she presented radically new views on photography for the time and compared them with abstract art. She also demonstrated her views in her photographic work. Inspired by the photographic experiments of William Henry Fox Talbot and Johann Heinrich Schulze, she developed photograms that she created without a camera by directly exposing an object on photographic paper. The Museum Ludwig traces Lucia Moholy’s examination of photography along the lines of her works and highlights her lively correspondence with photography collector and historian Erich Stenger.