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Rudolf Koppitz, 1884-1936

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

One of the great joys of photography for me is the casual discovery of individuals from the history of the art (craft, practice, team sport… or whatever else you want to call photography) whose work I instantly connect with. It’s like a slap on the back, or a taste of great whisky. Francesca Woodman was the last to have this affect, and it’s just happened again with Rudolf Koppitz.

Bewegungsstudie "Motion Study" c. 1925

Bewegungsstudie "Motion Study" c. 1925

Someone who knows me pretty well has pointed out that I’m nothing but a big fat modernist, and that’s probably why the composition and narrative of this work really appeals to me, but it feels more alive, more vital, to me than any contemporary work I see in the London galleries.

Composition c. 1925

Composition c. 1925

I won’t bore you all I know about Koppitz – I don’t know much and anyway I’m sure you’re capable of using Wikipedia – but I can tell you how excited I am to have found him. What we need is a great, rehabilitating exhibition in London for me to revel in.

Dancer c. 1926

Dancer c. 1926

If anyone knows of a good collection of his work in book form please do let me know.