“MITTELALTER FOTOGRAFIE”

Mar 16, 2020  By Ed Schwartzreich
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It never rains, but it pours. Not only are we being treated right now to new books and exhibitions on Dr. Paul Wolff & Tritschler, but out of the blue comes a strikingly beautiful art book with images of medieval sculptures that Alfred Tritschler photographed in 1948. From the book’s introduction (translation by the reviewer): “Among the numerous photographic prints held by the Museum Schnütgen in Cologne, known for its medieval works of art, comes a surprise find that was ignored for decades: a compilation of vintage prints, taken by Alfred Tritschler… These photographs, taken in Cologne, with their very personal view of the sculptures from the museum’s collection, represent a special subset of this photographer’s work never previously taken into consideration. In the museum’s object documentation, these old black- and-white prints had a largely invisible existence, partly stuck onto cardboard and sorted into portfolios… Ninety of this Leica photographer’s 35mm prints have survived there and have now been viewed, digitized, and scanned. The book collects these largely unpublished photos…”

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