Greetings Photoion students and photography fans, today we have another entry in our Masters of Photography series for you. This series looks at the life and work of some of the 20th century’s most important and influential photographers.
Today we will be taking a look at the work of Otto Steinert.
Steinert was born in Germany in 1915 and took up photography at the young age of 14. Although he went on to study to become a doctor, it wasn’t long after he completed his education that Steinert return to his passion for Photography.
Steinert returned to photography after World War II, and like many of his contemporaries, he used his photography as a way to process the hurt and grief suffered during the war. Living in Germany, Stenert was confronted with the aftermath of the war on a daily basis.
In 1948 he became the official photographer of the Saarbrücken theatre, and in just 4 years time, in 1952 he had become a teacher and the principal of the Saarbrücken University of Art and Design (HBKSaar).
Steinert’s legacy is perhaps best known as a teacher – inspiring other photographers to this day.
During his time at the HBKSaar, Steinert founded the photography group, Fotoform, which included such photographers as Peter Keetman, Ludwig Windstoßer, and Wolfgang Reisewitz.
Fotoform was a vital part of the art restoration in German post-war, and the group helped to revive photography as an art form of expression, something which had fallen out of favour during WWII.
Steinert was a master of the abstract, despite – or perhaps because of his lack of formal training in photography. Steinert capture images of objects and shapes, and used silhouettes to tell the stories he wanted.