Rediscovering the neglected photographer Erich Retzlaff

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Period
Oct 2011
Impact Type(s)
  • Culture and creativity
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Impact summary

Since I 'discovered' Retzlaff in 2009 my efforts in highlighting the work of this neglected photographer have resulted in research queries about Retzlaff, his life and work by webarchives; two related essays publicly available on Academia.edu (Erich Retzlaff: Volksfotograf and Face of the Divine: The Esoteric Roots of Physiognomic Photography) have been accessed 180 and 277 times respectively since their upload in 2012; the acquisition of 30 Retzlaff photographs for the School of Art Collection (accessible for the public and researchers alike as well as an aid in teaching); the offer of 30 photographs for the collection and personal documents by Retzlaff's daughter Bettina Retzlaff-Cumming; the development of mutual working links with the M√ľnchner Stadtmuseum and the development of a public exhibition that will tour to Europe with a catalogue publication on this forgotten photographer's work.

Beneficiaries

General public; Museums and galleries; Practitioners