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Robert Häusser (*1924)Printed in 1989Germanygelatin silver print39,8 x 58,5 cm

Far removed from photographic or artistic styles of the time, Robert Häusser’s photography strongly influenced post WWII photography. His pictures are often void of humanbeings and dark. Objects and signs can be grasped in their essence thanks to a clear formal language; they narrate melancholia. In doing so, both form and content merge into one and determine each other mutually. Häusser’s Chimneys, taken in 1941, is an impressive example of this practise: the geometric rigidity and the strong contrast of black and white emanates a threat, which an onlooker can hardly escape.