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Umbo (Otto Umbehr) (1902 - 1980)

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.

Umbo, André Derain at his Studio, 1928
Umbo, André Derain at his Studio, 1928
Umbo, Ballet Audition, 1929
Umbo, Ballet Audition, 1929
Umbo, Self-portrait, 1930
Umbo, Self-portrait, 1930
Umbo, In a Jazz Club, Berlin, 1930
Umbo, In a Jazz Club, Berlin, 1930
Umbo, New Arrival, c. 1928-1929
Umbo, New Arrival, c. 1928-1929
Umbo, New Arrival, 1929
Umbo, New Arrival, 1929
Umbo, Summer Love Affair, 1929
Umbo, Summer Love Affair, 1929
Umbo, Legs, 1928
Umbo, Legs, 1928
Umbo, The Hand, Ruth Landshoff, 1926
Umbo, The Hand, Ruth Landshoff, 1926
Umbo, Frightening Street, 1928
Umbo, Frightening Street, 1928
Umbo, Handsome Man, 1928
Umbo, Handsome Man, 1928
Umbo, Night in a Small Town, date unknown
Umbo, Night in a Small Town, date unknown
Umbo, Paul Citroën, 1926
Umbo, Paul Citroën, 1926
Umbo, Figures Made of Wax, c. 1928-1929
Umbo, Figures Made of Wax, c. 1928-1929
Umbo, From series Growth of Salts, 1935
Umbo, From series Growth of Salts, 1935
Umbo, Tanja and Willi, 1927
Umbo, Tanja and Willi, 1927
Umbo, View through pane of Karstadt department store, date unknown
Umbo, View through pane of Karstadt department store, date unknown
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