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Auction Description for Bassenge: Photography
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Photography (634 Lots)

by Galerie Bassenge

634 lots with images

December 5, 2012

Berlin, Germany

Africa Studio portrait of a Bantu man

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Description: Photographer unknown. Studio portrait of a Bantu man. 1870s. Albumen print. 23,5 x 17,5 cm. Annotated in pencil on the verso. Slightly buckled, otherwise in very good condition with strong contrasts.

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Africa Images of colonial life in Deutsch-Südwestafrika

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Description: Photographer: Peter Innerebner. Images of colonial life in Deutsch-Südwestafrika. 1895-97. 23 collodion paper prints. Each circa 12 x 16,8 cm and 16,8 x 12 cm. Each mounted to board (slightly soiled, warped, time-stained), signed, dated and annotated by the photographer in German in pencil/ink on the recto/verso. These interesting images from Southwest Africa document the turbulent and dangerous life in the German 'Schutzgebiet' before the Herero uprising. They show many natives, soldiers and views of the mission station Groß-Barmen. An especially rare image shows Captain Hendrick Witbooi, Isaac Witbooi and Samuel Isaak on horseback. Another image shows the camp of Witbooi and Simon Kooper. Other images include girls with scarification, men playing an instrument, studio portraits, and a self-portrait of the photographer. Apart from these photographs little is known about the photographer Peter Innerebner. It is likely that he was recruited by the missionary society to document their dangerous work in Southwest Africa. - Some surface scratching, some faded, otherwise in good condition.

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Ahrendts, Leopold Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

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Description: Gendarmenmarkt with farmer's market, Berlin. Mid 1850s. Gold-toned albumen print. 18 x 21,5 cm. Mounted to original board (slightly soiled, some foxing). Leopold Ahrendts worked first as a painter and lithographer in Dessau before moving to Berlin circa 1850, where he presented lithographs at the Academy of the Arts exhibition that same year. In 1856 he began working in the studio of the court photographer Philipp Graff. He exhibited his first photographs under the name of the Graff studio and shortly thereafter he began signing his photos with his own name. Ahrendts is undoubtedly one of the most important early German photographers who combined high technical standards with artful composition in his photographs. - Foxing in sky area, minimal fading in lower edge, otherwise with a strong violet-brown tone and in good condition. Lit.: Jutta Reinke/Wolfgang Stemmer (eds.) Pioniere der Kamera. Das erste Jahrhundert der Fotografie 1840 - 1900. Die Sammlung Robert Lebeck. Worpswede 1987, ill. p. 190.

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Ahrendts, Leopold Burgstraße and Lange Brücke

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Description: Burgstraße with Lange Brücke and Kavaliersbrücke, view towards the Royal Castle. Late 1850s. Albumen print with cut corners. 12 x 19 cm. Flush-mounted to card. The left side of the picture shows an interesting detail, namely the fence around the demolition site of Palais Itzig which has begun to be torn down. The Berliner Börse was later built on this site. The west wing of the Palais remained intact and was used by the construction workers. To take this image Leopold Ahrendts most likely stood on construction scaffolding which was in the middle of Burgstraße. - A few minimal surface scuff marks, otherwise a dark print in very good condition. Lit.: Galerie Berinson (ed.). Leopold Ahrendts (1825 - 1870). With a text by Sigrid Schulze. Berlin 2011, ill. p. 49.

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Ahrendts, Leopold View of the Altes Museum, Berlin

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Description: View of the Altes Museum, Berlin. 1861. Albumen print with rounded corners. 21,7 x 18 cm. Mounted to board (slightly soiled and some light foxing), annotated in ink on the verso. This photograph was most likely taken on the occasion of the newly installed statue "Lion Fighter" by Albert Wolff in front of the Altes Museum. - Some light foxing spots, some surface scuffing, otherwise in good condition. With: Photographer unknown. Reproductions of the models of the statues by August Kiss (Amazon) and Albert Wolff (Lion Fighter) in front of the Altes Museum´and view of the Lustgarten with old Dome and equestrian statue of Friedrich Wilhelm III. 3 albumen prints. 1860s. Each circa 18 x 13 cm. Lit.: Lothar de Maizière/Antonius Jammers (eds.). Bevor Berlin zur Weltstadt wurde - die Residenz in Fotografien von Leopold Ahrendts. Berlin 2001, ill. p. 59 (variant).

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