Emil Lichtenberg b. unknown

Biography

Little is known about German photographer Emil Lichtenberg. His photographs, however, fit within the standard of 1920s German architecture photographs of buildings and machinery. Neue Sachlichkeit, often referred to as New Objectivity, was a movement in Germany between WWI and WWII that prized realism in art. In photography, it was referred to as the New Vision, which related to the idea that the camera can see better than the human eye. The photographers wanted to establish photography as a medium separate from painting, so they discouraged photographic experimentation. Many of the photographs within this movement are straight views of architecture, landscape, plants, or industrial manufacturing.