Fabrik : ein Bildepos der Technik / Jak Tuggener ; [Faksimile der Originalausgabe herausgegeben von der Jakob Tuggener Stiftung und der Fotostiftung, Winterthur ; Nachwort, Martin Gasser] Tuggener, Jakob

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Jakob Tuggener's Fabrik, published in Erlenbach-Zurich in 1943, is considered to be a milestone in the history of photography books. The series of seventy-two photographs in this Photo Epos of Technology is oriented toward the expressionist aesthetic of the silent movie. It imparts a sceptical view of the destructive potential of unbridled technological progress - at the time the Swiss military industry was producing weapons for World War II. Tuggener's uncompromising subjective photography and his critical attitude did not suit his time. Fabrik was not acommercial success - the copies were sold at a loss and in part apparently even converted to pulp. Now the work, which has since become a sought-after classic, is being reissued as a reprint with a contemporary afterword. Jakob Tuggener (1904-1988) was a photographer, film maker and painter. In the major themes of his photographic work - labour in a factory, simple rural life and magnificent parties of high society - Tuggener composed print-ready book maquettes, but for Fabrik alone he found a publisher. Tuggener was presented by Otto Steinert (exhibition:subjektive fotografie, 1951/53) and - arranged by Robert Frank - by Edward Steichen (exhibitions: Post-War European Photography and Family of Man, 1953/55). The Helmhaus in Zurich devoted a retrospective to him in 1974. Tuggener left an immense and practically untouched life's work: more than sixty book maquettes, thousands of exhibition photographs and work prints, hundreds of colour slides, drawings, watercolors, oil paintings and more than twenty silent films.
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