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Kracauer. Photographic Archive

Siegfried Kracauer was a leading figure on the Weimar arts scene and one of the foremost representatives of the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Best known for a wealth of writings on sociology and film theory, his influence is felt in the work of many of the period’s preeminent thinkers, including the critic Theodor W. Adorno, who once claimed he owed more to Kracauer than any other intellectual.

Kracauer.Photographic Archive, a companion volume to The Past’s Threshold: Essays on Photography, collects previously unpublished photographs by Siegfried and Elisabeth, “Lili,” Kracauer. With its remarkably rich material, the book tells the story of the Kracauer’s close working relationship, from their marriage in Germany to their escape to Paris and the war and postwar years in the United States. While neither Kracauer nor his wife trained in photography, their portraits, city views, and landscapes evince impressive aesthetic and technical skill, while simultaneously shedding light on their lives marked by exile and flight.

272 pages | 30 color plates, 280 halftones | 9 x 12 | © 2014

Art: Photography


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Table of Contents

The Image of Siegfried Kracauer
I. Paris. 1930s
II. Travel and Portraits. 1930s
Digression: Lili Kracauer. A Biographical Sketch
III. Travel and Portraits. USA 1945-1959
IV. Travel and Portraits. Europe 1958-1964
V. Other Photographs from the Estate
Afterword and Appendix
Chronology Lili and Siegfried Kracauer
Selected Bibliography
List of Illustrations

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