Fotografie einer verschneiten Fichtenschonung
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank

The Art of Photography

When photography became established as an artistic image medium around 1900, the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett played a pioneering role. Photography had been used here for reproduction purposes since 1854, but as early as 1899 this institution became one of the first German art museums to build up a collection of works by leading contemporary Pictorialists. These included the Hofmeister brothers, James Craig Annan, and Heinrich Kühn, for example.

  • DATES 04/12/2010—07/03/2011


The international Art Photography movement wished to break away from the conventions of studio photography and was seeking new stylistic forms. Atmospheric landscapes, expressive portraits, and contemplative genre studies were created using elaborate alternative photography processes. Photography had advanced to the status of an art form and from this time onwards it was collected as such in the Kupferstich-Kabinett.

frühe Fotografie eines sonnendurchfluteten Waldes
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Léonard Misonne: Soleil et brouillard (Sonne und Nebel), 1898 Platindruck, 274 × 394 mm


During the 1910s, the early history of the medium was explored retrospectively by revisiting the Daguerreotype and other unique image processes. In the 1920s and ’30s photography, which experimented with the technical possibilities of the apparatus and probed the specific properties of the medium, gradually gained acceptance. This exhibition traces the various stages in the history of this emancipation of photography up to the 1930s, with a group of works specially produced for the Kupferstich-Kabinett by the photographer Claudia Angelmaier providing a contemporary artistic reflection on this development.

Fotografie eines kleinen Jungen, der vor einem Schrank kniet
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Heinrich Kühn, Hans vor einem Schrank knieend, um 1903 469 x 356 mm

[Translate to English:] Katalog

Die Publikation zur Sammlung


Katalog der Fotografien von 1839 bis 1945 aus der Sammlung des Dresdener Kupferstich-Kabinetts (48,00 €, ISBN: 978-3-422-07052-3)

[Translate to English:] weitere Ausstellungen

Further Exhibitions
14/09/2016 —22/01/2017
Fotografie des Arbeitszimmers von Albert Einstein
01/02/2014 —18/05/2014
ein am Daumen kauender Mann in einem Auto
18/11/2017 —15/04/2018
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