The Museum of Avant-garde

Hans Finsler

Switzerland (1891—1972)
Trained as art historian, Finsler became photographer as autodidact. He started to take still lifes and developed his own aesthetics with the New Objectivity movement. At the beginning of 1920s Most chocolate company in Halle commissioned him to take pictures of the factory and manufacturing process: these images became part of the FiFo touring exhibition in 1929. He became director of the photography course at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zürich and taught there for nearly 26 years.


76 Fotos der Zeit / Photographic book with letterpress cover by El Lissitzky / Heliogravure / 20.6 x 29.2 cm / Stuttgart, 1929 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Arts et métiers graphiques 16

Photographie / Magazine / 24 x 30.9 cm / Paris, 1930 / © 1930, Arts et Métiers Graphiques Paris


Eggs in the mirror II (Eier im Spiegel II)

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 17.7 x 25.1 cm / 1929 / © Stiftung Moritzburg, Kunstmuseum des Landes. Sachsen-Anhalt