Berlinische Galerie

Look at Me! Women's Portraits from the 1920s

In the permanent exhibition

07 Apr - 02 Aug 2021

Cami Stone, Ohne Titel, 1920-1930, © legal successor unknown
The 24 works in “Look at Me! Women’s Portraits from the 1920s” reveal a diversity of practices in portrait photography in Berlin during the period: conventional and modernist portraits shot in commercial studios are on show alongside artistic and experimental photography and collage.
This display draws on portraits of women taken in photography studios between 1920 and 1930 by, among others, Steffi Brandl, Carry & Nini Hess, Frieda Riess and Cami Stone. The art historian Lothar Brieger reproduced them in his book on “The Contemporary Female Face” (1930), where he argued that the faces of professional women were changing. He supported his case with 71 photographs of female celebrities, such as actors and scientists, and women from other walks of life. 18 vintage photographs that served Brieger as copy are contrasted in this display with six experimental works by artists such as Marta Asfalck-Vietz and Hannah Höch.