Oskar Nerlinger

Oskar Nerlinger At the Harvard Art Museum, I recently saw a couple of interesting photograms, apparently made using tissue paper, by Oskar Nerlinger, a German painter and graphic designer (1893-1969). Although created as illustrations for a children’s book, they exhibit a great sense of light and texture combined with a sure command of Bauhaus-style composition. A web search shows a strong continuity across his paintings, drawings, woodcuts and work in other media.

Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter I recently came across the name of Vera Lutter, reminding me of a talk she gave on her work and methods a few years ago at Harvard. Lutter uses room-size pinhole cameras and huge sheets of photo paper (8 or 10 feet wide) to create unique negative prints, many of urban or industrial landscapes (as well as some memorable images shot in an airplane hangar). Web images obviously don’t provide the experience of seeing her wonderful prints, but her work is well worth seeing in any form.