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Reinventing Rudolf Arnheim

A Woman In Berlin © Knut Skjærven

A Woman In Berlin © Knut Skjærven

I have decided to reinvent Rudolf Arnheim.

He is definitely the best thing that has happened to street photography since Henri Cartier-Bresson. However, I am not sure that he ever did much photography.

His main book, Art and Visual Perception, ought to be a must read for everyone who deals with visual communication. Including street photography.

Here is an interview published by Cabinet Magazine in 2001, that explains a bit of what Arnheim is doing. Or was doing.

Rudolf Arnheim became 102 year.  He died in Ann Arbor, US, in 2007.

Originally Arnheim came from Germany and was studying under Max Wertheimer in Berlin. He got his dissertation in 1928, but when Hitler came to power he fled to Rome, later to London and landed in New York in 1940. He worked and lived in USA.  He was, among other things, connected to Harvard University.

By reinventing I understand making (some of) his theories relevant and applicable for street photography.

© Knut Skjærven.

Please note that the photograph has no particular bearing on this post. But is was shot in Berlin.


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