Jan Lauschmann Laundry
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1937 Print Date 1960s
Dimensions 7-3/4 x 7 in. (197 x 178 mm)
Photo Country Czech Republic
Photographer Country Czech Republic
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About This Image
Photographer's signature, title and date of the photograph on verso in ink.
Jan Lauschmann was born in Roudnice nad Labem, Czechoslovakia, in 1901. He studied chemical engineering and became a chemistry professor. He began photographing in 1912.
Lauschmann was one of the first in his country to conclude that photography should be an independent branch of art, and that straight printing was more relevant to modern concerns than the hand-manipulated alternative process printing techniques that lingered in Eastern Europe until the 1930s. Lauschmann was indeed one of the Czech avant-garde pioneers who paved the way for modern photography.
He was very active in the salons through the 1920s-1940s, although still practiced photography well into the 1960s. With his unusual camera angles and abstract orchestration of tonality, Lauschmann could produce work that was spatially baffling, but visually authoritative.
His work is in the public collections of the George Eastman House; the Moravian Gallery in Brno; the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College; the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Pomona College Museum of Art; the Montgomery Art Center; The Royal Photographic Society; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Umeleckoprumyslove muzeum v Praze (Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague).
His work was often published in the British Journal Photographic Almanac and the American Annual of Photography throughout the 1920s and 1930s, among many other publications.
Lauschmann died in 1991.
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