Dieter Keller – Das Auge des Krieges / The Eye of War
inkl. 7 % MwSt.
Buchkunst Berlin – 2020
German / English Edition, Hardcover. 118 pages with 88 photographs. With texts from Adam Broomberg, Xiaofu Wang and Dr. Norbert Moos.
Dieter Keller (1909-1985) was a art collector and photographer with close connections to the New Objectivity and Bauhaus movements. His photographs from 1941/42 document the war in Ukraine, the destruction of rural and urban livelihoods, and the suffering of humans and animals. Keller used serial and informal photography to create filmlike image sequences that encourage a subjective experience of reality. The photographic translation of Keller’s images of cruelty and near-apocalyptic destruction into abstract and formal visual constructions doesn’t follow documentary photography‘s typical emotional flattening and dullness, but rather intensifies subjective involvement. Even by today’s standards, Keller’s photography adheres to a modern-looking visual aesthetic, which clearly demonstrates that the photographer uses aesthetic perception as a key to his own reality processing and mental coping. As such, his disturbing photographs are embedded in an art history discourse with the European graphic tradition of representing the cruelty of war, as depicted in the horrifying scenarios by Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco de Goya, or Otto Dix. Now, these images are published for the first time in the form of a photobook.