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John Doe Books : Erich & Inge Hoss : Rayographs


If you are in the Luberon on July 20th, rush to the opening at John Doe Books: Erich & Inge Hoss: Rayographies.
You will discover an exhibition and a wonderful gallery.
If you are not free that day, go there on a Sunday morning, Coustellet is undoubtedly one of the most formidable farmers’ markets in France.
Jean Jacques Naudet

Erich Hoss, born in 1917, taught design in the 1930s at the Folkwang Art School in Essen. Then, in 1945, at the University of Fine Arts in Weimar, birthplace of the Bauhaus. In the 1950s, he was a professor at the Institute of Advertising and at the School of Art in Bonn where he met Inge (Elli-Ingeborg Klötscher), born in 1931 in Hamburg and who became his companion. Together they managed the workshop of the international advertising agency Heumann in Frankfurt-on-Main then, in April 1952, they created their own agency which, in a few years, acquired an international reputation and was rewarded with numerous prizes. Later, they settled in Provence where Inge still lives.

Alongside their professional activity as a graphic designer and photographer, they each pursued a personal and independent artistic practice.

The images that we exhibit were taken, in complete freedom and as a game, in the 1960s. However, they are part of a current of experimental photography that is very active in Germany, a sensitive link connects them to the research of Christian Schad. Painter and photographer, artist of the New Objectivity, he was the first to reinvent the technique of photogram, experimented in the 19th century by William Henri Fox Talbot and Hippolyte Bayard. His “Schadographies” open a breach in aesthetics and realism photography, providing access to what Surrealism precisely called the Marvelous and which Man Ray illustrated starting in 1922 with his “Rayograms”.

The exhibition at John Doe Books brings together fifty original vintage prints, in different formats, never shown before. Each proof is unique, with stamp and signature on the back.

Other photographs by Inge & Erich Hoss will be presented until the autumn at the Fabrique Notre-Dame in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in a collective exhibition which will also feature some prints by Georges Glasberg and Willy Ronis.


Erich & Inge Hoss – Rayographies
from July 20 to August 27.
opening Thursday, July 20 from 6 p.m.
John Doe Books
Route d’Apt – Coustellet
Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
[email protected]

Fabrique Notre-Dame
3 Cours Fernande Peyre – L’Isle-sur-la- Sorgue
06 07 27 29 77

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