Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hannah Höch and Dadaism (by Elyssa Marcus)

Hannah Höch was an anti-war photographer under the Weimar Republic in Germany.  She is one of the photographers attributed with popularizing the photomontage.  The movement at this time was Dadaism, an artistic movement beginning during the first World War.  Höch, among others, dedicated her work to opposing the war and sympathizing with the communists, as well as other social and political means.  However, the Dadaists were reticent to accept women as equals, as Höch remained the only woman in the group.  Her partner, another Dadaist photographer, Raoul Hausmann was abusive to her and did not support her independence in photography.  This motivated her to become a significant figure in the feminism movement of the time.  Most of her other work was dedicated to depicting and studying women.  One collection in particular criticized marriage by reflecting her dislike for the notion that women have little control over their lives.  Additionally, many of her photomontages attack the beauty industry which was fueled by the growing fashion and advertisement photography.  

Click here for more of Höch's work.

© Hannah Hoch
© Hannah Hoch
© Hannah Hoch
© Hannah Hoch
© Hannah Hoch

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