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The Life of Mario von Bucovich: Perils, pleasures, and pitfalls in the history of photography

Heidt, H; Berkowitz, M; (2017) The Life of Mario von Bucovich: Perils, pleasures, and pitfalls in the history of photography. Photography and Culture , 10 (3) pp. 247-266. 10.1080/17514517.2017.1372963. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite the wide circulation of his photographs (to the present day) and popularity of his publications (from the 1920s to the 40s), there has been limited interest in Mario von Bucovich in the history of photography, which may reflect a somewhat ungenerous assessment. Although much of his work was conventional, he was a creative and talented photographer. He also took the initiative to produce books of his photographs dedicated to New York and various European cities. In a privately published volume of 1935, intended simultaneously to de-mystify and elevate photography, Bucovich expressed his views on photography and his own practice of the craft. But he reveals almost nothing of a personal nature. Both authors of this article, before learning of each other's work—coming from German Studies and Jewish Studies, respectively—were struck by the disparity between the quantity and quality of the material legacy of Mario von Bucovich, and the lack of a substantial biography. Even more intriguing, to both, were the contradictions and inconsistencies in the few biographical statements about his life. This article represents the most comprehensive attempt, to date, to detail and interpret the unusually complex, if not murky, case of Mario von Bucovich.

Type: Article
Title: The Life of Mario von Bucovich: Perils, pleasures, and pitfalls in the history of photography
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17514517.2017.1372963
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17514517.2017.1372963
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Mario von Bucovich, Jews, anti-fascism, migration, citizenship
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1534582
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