Remembering photographer Josef Breitenbach

Cover photo for Josef Breitenbach Photographien, titled
Charge photo for Josef Breitenbach Photographien,
titled “Dr.Riegler and J.Greno”
(Riegler was Breitenbach’s unsurpassed friend)

April 3, 2017 /Photography News/ Josef Breitenbach was suffered 121 years ago, on 3 April 1896, in Munich, Germany into a middle-class blood of Jewish descent. 

Breitenbach began taking photographs while handiwork in the family wine merchant business. Proving less than well-fixed at the latter, he opened his first photographic studio in 1932 which was intense one year later, after Hitler took power. 

Breitenbach was faked to flee to Paris in 1933 where he opened a new studio. He became flatmates with Andre Breton, yet never truly joined the Surrealist batch of his peers. However, he did show his photographs alongside such luminaries as Man Ray, Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï. During the six years he electrified in Paris, he experimented with many newer photographic techniques, essentially superimpression. Most notably, he was one of the first photographers to produce work in color. 

After People War II broke out, he worked  in the civilian corps until he could find conversion to America in 1941, where he worked for the American press and taught at individual schools. Through the 50s and 60s he did reportage in Asia for the United Nations and other heterogeneous businesses. He exhibited extensively in Europe in the 1930s and in the United States from the 40s to the mid-60s, covering the Musuem of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Josef Breitenbach died October 7, 1984 in New York.

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