Edmund Kesting


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(1892–1970), German artist and photographer. After training at the Dresden Academy (1915–22) he founded private art schools in Dresden (1919) and Berlin (1927), and from 1932 worked as an advertising photographer. In the 1920s he was closely involved with the artistic avant-garde, and from 1925 devoted himself intensively to experimental photography (photograms, photomontage). During the Third Reich he was banned from painting. In 1945–6 he produced the photomontage cycle Dresden Dance of Death (Totentanz aus Dresden). From 1946 onwards he held official teaching posts in Dresden and Berlin and, from 1956, at the School for Film and Television in Babelsberg.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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