Otto Umbehr studied at the Bauhaus school in the early 1920s before becoming a self-taught photographer eager to explore avant-garde experimentations and create a new vision of the surrounding world. During the mid 1920s, the German photographer settled in Berlin where he depicted the Bohemian society and founded the Dephot studio. Otto Umbehr combined experimentation with uncommon angles and framings with a social observation of his urban pears. Influenced by cinema, he privileged up-close portraits and dynamic contrasts while he gave a sens of modernist weirdness to everyday objects such as commercial mannequins that ambiguously balanced between the intimate and the living. With the Nazi regime, he had to end his practice and would then never manage to revive his fame and creativity following World War II.