Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger
“The camera is superior to the eye, and the photograph can, and ideally should, portray the world more graphic than reality itself.”   —Andreas Feininger  (1906-1999)Andreas Feininger (1906-1999) was born in Paris and raised in Germany where he was trained as a cabinet-maker at the Bauhaus, and went on to study architecture.  By the 1920s, he had established several stylistic traits in his photographic work, such as monumentalized subject matter and emphasis on line. As a trained architect he remained interested in building structures and capturing their images on film. His nature photographs reveal patterns in animal and plant forms as found in the backbones of a snake or veins in a leaf.Best known for his photos that captured the majesty and the energy of American cities, Feininger's works are masterful in their technical excellence and panoramic grandeur, full of towering skyscrapers, broad swaths of road, and angles of geometric perfection. Through Feininger's lens, the beauty and intricacies of both the natural and man-made world were magnified and intensified. From the broad span of bridges, exuding progress and power, to the symmetrical perfection of the skeleton of a carbon viper, Feininger's images revealed a new aesthetic of order and geometric perfection. 
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