Steel by Adolf Lazi – Photo of the day

Published by Paula Bray on August 21, 2009 in Photo of the day.

Powerhouse Museum – Sydney



    This photograph was taken in 1938 by Adolf Lazi (1884-1955), a commercial German photographer from Stuttgart who was associated with the Neue Sachlichkeit (new objectivity, new realism) movement.

    Concrete pipes, turbines, iron bars and other ‘unaesthetic” objects, removed from their everyday context and shown in a new dramatic way were often chosen as subjects for the new realism photography. The close-up of polished steel cylinders shown above is a good example of Neue Sachlichkeit aesthetics.

    In keeping with the new realism principles, Lazi emphasized the need for analytical approach and technical precision in photographic work. Sharp focus and clean lines were endorsed and favoured over the vagueness and “artistic blur”. “A hair must remain a hair” reads a quote from Lazi Archiv, the website dedicated to his work. This type of photography found its direct application in advertising and is still widely practiced today.

    Adolf Lazi died in 1955, but The Lazi Academy is still operating under the management of his son Adolf Ingo Lazi.

    For the Powerhouse Museum Adolf Lazi’s work is also significant due to its link to the Hedda Morrison collection. Hedda was a volunteer in Lazi’s studio in Stuttgart from September 1931 to August 1932.

Photography by Adolf Lazi
License: No known copyright restrictions
Post by Iwona Hetherington, Rights & Permissions officer

    © Copyright Powerhouse Museum


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