I was sorting out the studio as things had recently reached a tipping point, and rediscovered a number of older books on typography, design and photography. Foto-Auge was a particular pleasure to thumb through again. I found it years ago in a book sale a the late and lamented Philip Son & Nephew in Liverpool. More about that bookshop another time maybe.
Two books were published to accompany the 1929 “Film und Foto” exhibition in Stuttgart organized by the Deutscher Werkbund — Foto-Auge, edited by Franz Roh and Jan Tschichold, and Es kommt der neue Fotograf!, edited by Werner Gräff (Art Locked Stacks).
My copy of Foto-Auge is a 1974 facsimile edition published by Thames and Hudson.
The cover depicts El Lissitzky’s now famous “Self Portrait” of the artist as a hand in service to the eye celebrating photography and the book features work from the world’s leading modernist photographers, as well as anonymous news and bureau photos. Tschichold ensures a clean design with the text entirely in lower case.
Foto-Auge served as the catalog of the work exhibited in the exhibition in 1929.
This spread shows Photograms by Man Ray – see my previous post on Man Ray.