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Erfurth, Hugo

Reinhold Misselbeck

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b Halle, Oct 14, 1874; d Gaienhofen, Feb 14, 1948).

German photographer. He studied at the Kunstakademie in Dresden from 1892 to 1896 while also completing his photographic training with the court photographer Höffert. During the following ten years he ran the Schröder studio, acquiring the Palais des Grafen Lüttichau in 1906, where he set up his studio and later an art gallery. Dresden, the home of the painters’ group Die Brücke and the workshops of Otto Dix and Oskar Kokoschka, attracted many artists and writers, who visited the studio to have their portraits taken. Erfurth was considered their equal and was acquainted with many of them, notably Kokoschka, Erich Heckel, Dix and Klee, whom he photographed in 1920 (see Tausk, 1980, p. 64).

In 1919 Erfurth was one of the founder-members of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner (GDL) and presided over its jury (1924–48). The GDL owed its reputation as an organization of leading German art photographers to his criticism and powers of judgement. In ...

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