For my assignment 2 I have been asked to research a group of photographers and base my presentation around their work which linked into propaganda. I have been looking at Hannah Höch’s work and have become quite intrigued by her photomontages in the Dada Movement.

Cut with the cake-knife Dada through the last weimar beer belly cultural epoch of Germany. Photomontage, 114x90cm. Nationalaglerie Berlin, Staaliche Museen

Hannah Hoch, Collages. Author: Hoch
















Taken out from the same book as the images above. Hannah Höch describes the beginning of the Dada in Berlin:

“Dada was born in Zurich, and one of its Ambassadors, Huelsenbeck, brought the message to Berlin, where the ‘Free Road’ coup around Franz Jung was ready to take all the consequences of provocative action, Jung and I saw at once the significance of this weapon against what you might call the ‘artistic culture’ and we decided to found the club Dada to bear the standard of internationalism, with Huelsenbeck at its head…”

“…If you can say such a primitive form of photomontage had any aesthetic purpose at all, I suppose it was an idealisation of reality, while Dada montage aimed to give something that was utterly unreal the appearance of reality, make it look as if it had really been photographed. Indeed, our whole aim was to give an artistic interpretation of things from the world of machines ad industry, and our typographic gummed pictures or collages had a similar purpose, for they gave us to an object that could only be made by hand, the absolute appearance of a machine-produced one.”


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