Fotoform

      group of photographers in Germany after World War II who, headed by Otto Steinert (Steinert, Otto) (a physician who abandoned medicine for photography), reexplored the photographic techniques developed at the Bauhaus, the most advanced school of design in Germany between World Wars I and II.

      The first two Fotoform exhibits, held in 1950 in Milan, Italy, and in Cologne, Germany, emphasized abstract form derived from patterns found in nature and from darkroom manipulation of an image. These Fotoform exhibitions caused a sensation, since photographs stressing abstract form had been proscribed in Germany after the Nazis closed the Bauhaus in 1933.

      Steinert, however, felt that the format of the Fotoform shows was too limited. At the group's remaining three exhibitions (1951, 1954, 1958), which he titled “Subjective Fotographie,” he accepted any photograph, from the nonobjective photogram to literal reportage, that was aesthetically satisfying and bore the imprint of profound individual creativity. Nevertheless, most contributors continued to submit nonobjective photographs. Feeling that the once-revolutionary style of the group had become a rigid formula, Steinert abandoned Fotoform after the 1958 exhibition, and without the exhibitions the group ceased to exist. The Fotoform style of nonobjective photography nevertheless continued to influence photographers and designers worldwide.

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