Die Kurische Nehrung.
Hamburg, Verlag Heinrich Ellermann 1938.
48pp with 44 b/w photographs.
25 x 18,5 cm. Original cloth with dust jacket.
Alfred Ehrhardt (1901–1984) taught at the Bauhaus between 1928 and 1933 alongside scenographer Oskar Schlemmer and painters Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky. Accused of Bolshevism in 1933 by the Nazis, Erhardt was forced to leave the Bauhaus. At that time he was working in painting, drawing and printmaking, but his exile precipitated a turn toward photography and film, whose fundamentals he taught himself. In 1934, after leaving Germany, Ehrhardt produced his first photographic reportage--a series of spare, enigmatic images taken on the windswept sand dunes of the Curonian Spit along the Lithuanian-Russian border.
The photographs were taken with a Zeiss-Ikon 6 x 9 Icarette, equipped with a Zeiss Tessar 1:4,5 f = 10,5 cm lens, at eye level and enlarged at the same scale, offering a uniform experience of the environment to the viewer.
Inscription inked to free front endpaper in fine handwriting, dated 1941. Very fine copy with the original dust jacket.