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Inv. No.S-0101
ArtistAdolf Fassbenderborn 1884 in Germanydied 1980 in USA
Title

"The Story"


Zous (CH)

from the book "Pictorial Artistry: The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography"
Year1937
Medium

photogravure

Dimensions22 x 26 cm
Comment

Important representative of the American pictorialism. Fassbender was born in Germany and time and again returned to the Black Forest or Tyrol to take pictures.
(Fritz Simak)

Three hundred years ago this old medieval town of Zous on the Rhine had been relieved from the tyranny of a long and oppressive conquest during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648). Ever since, the inhabitants of the quaint old town have celebrated the anniversary of their freedom.Now the festival is over. It had rained a bit, but this had not dampened the spirits of the villagers, as they re-enacted with dramatic pageantry the heroism and strife of the past. Men, women and children all participated and here we find a group of village maidens by a roof-covered well recounting their happy day.
Composition:
The grouping is such that the interest is concentrated on the girl with her back turned to the camera. There is an easy grace of expression and pose in the grouping of the girls. On a circular base, the figures are arranged in pyramidal fashion, topped off by the roof of the well. The aged setting and the youthfulness of the girls are a pleasant contrast.
Technical Approach:
During the play, the stage and setting were overcrowded. But after the performance, I was able to achieve careful posing. Because it was late in the evening a long exposure was required, which made a tripod necessary. Figures in the background had to be removed by etching and retouching.
Data:
Camera: 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ Makina
Lens: Anticomar
Opening: f.6.3
Exposure: ½ second
Film: Agfa Super Plenachrome
Print: 14x17 Defender Veltura
(Adolf Fassbender, 1937)

S-0101, "The Story"
Adolf Fassbender, "The Story", 1937
S-0101, Front view
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S-0070, Adolf Fassbender, "PICTORIAL ARTISTRY. The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "PICTORIAL ARTISTRY. The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography", 1937
more infoS-0070, Front view
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S-0071, Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
more infoS-0071, Front view
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S-0072, Adolf Fassbender, "The Three Guardians", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Three Guardians", 1937
more infoS-0072, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0073, Adolf Fassbender, "When Hights Were Bold", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "When Hights Were Bold", 1937
more infoS-0073, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0074, Adolf Fassbender, "Bittersweet", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Bittersweet", 1937
more infoS-0074, Front view
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S-0075, Adolf Fassbender, "Figure 8", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Figure 8", 1937
more infoS-0075, Front view
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S-0076, Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
more infoS-0076, Front view
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S-0077, Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
more infoS-0077, Front view
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S-0078, Adolf Fassbender, "The Crooked Mile", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Crooked Mile", 1937
more infoS-0078, Front view
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S-0079, Adolf Fassbender, "Doomed", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Doomed", 1937
more infoS-0079, Front view
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S-0080, Adolf Fassbender, "At Dusk", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "At Dusk", 1937
more infoS-0080, Front view
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S-0081, Adolf Fassbender, "Tranquillity", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Tranquillity", 1937
more infoS-0081, Front view
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S-0082, Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
more infoS-0082, Front view
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S-0083, Adolf Fassbender, "Adoration", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Adoration", 1937
more infoS-0083, Front view
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S-0084, Adolf Fassbender, "The Sentinels", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Sentinels", 1937
more infoS-0084, Front view
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S-0085, Adolf Fassbender, "Onward", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Onward", 1937
more infoS-0085, Front view
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S-0086, Adolf Fassbender, "The Last Furrow", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Last Furrow", 1937
more infoS-0086, Front view
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S-0087, Adolf Fassbender, "In Memoriam", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "In Memoriam", 1937
more infoS-0087, Front view
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S-0088, Adolf Fassbender, "Hayloft", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Hayloft", 1937
more infoS-0088, Front view
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S-0089, Adolf Fassbender, "Snow Caps", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Snow Caps", 1937
more infoS-0089, Front view
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S-0090, Adolf Fassbender, "Skepticism", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Skepticism", 1937
more infoS-0090, Front view
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S-0091, Adolf Fassbender, "Fishermen’s Menace", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Fishermen’s Menace", 1937
more infoS-0091, Front view
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S-0092, Adolf Fassbender, "City, The Name Be Blessed", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "City, The Name Be Blessed", 1937
more infoS-0092, Front view
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S-0093, Adolf Fassbender, "Departure", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Departure", 1937
more infoS-0093, Front view
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S-0094, Adolf Fassbender, "Rain", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Rain", 1937
more infoS-0094, Front view
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S-0095, Adolf Fassbender, "Abundance", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Abundance", 1937
more infoS-0095, Front view
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S-0096, Adolf Fassbender, "Weed Beauty", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Weed Beauty", 1937
more infoS-0096, Front view
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S-0097, Adolf Fassbender, "Helping Hands", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Helping Hands", 1937
more infoS-0097, Front view
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S-0098, Adolf Fassbender, "The Ice Serpent", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Ice Serpent", 1937
more infoS-0098, Front view
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S-0099, Adolf Fassbender, "Before the Storm", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Before the Storm", 1937
more infoS-0099, Front view
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S-0100, Adolf Fassbender, "Faith", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Faith", 1937
more infoS-0100, Front view
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S-0102, Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
more infoS-0102, Front view
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S-0103, Adolf Fassbender, "In his Kingdom", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "In his Kingdom", 1937
more infoS-0103, Front view
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S-0104, Adolf Fassbender, "Good Bye", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Good Bye", 1937
more infoS-0104, Front view
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S-0105, Adolf Fassbender, "City Symphony", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "City Symphony", 1937
more infoS-0105, Front view
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S-0106, Adolf Fassbender, "Solemnity", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Solemnity", 1937
more infoS-0106, Front view
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S-0107, Adolf Fassbender, "Giddy-up!", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Giddy-up!", 1937
more infoS-0107, Front view
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S-0108, Adolf Fassbender, "Finite...Infinite", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Finite...Infinite", 1937
more infoS-0108, Front view
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S-0110, Adolf Fassbender, "Sailor’s Guide", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Sailor’s Guide", 1937
more infoS-0110, Front view
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