Olga Solarics and her husband Adorja’n von Wlassics were the founders of Studio Manassé in Vienna in 1922. The studio was enormously successful in portrait and erotic photography, but it was the influence of surrealism, particularly on Olga, that resulted in photographs that incorporated experimental techniques and offered humorous, often absurd takes on desire and traditional sexual roles.
A few of Heinz Hajek-Halke’s abstract chromogenic prints from later in his career.
A few more photographs by Yasuhiro Ishimoto I planned to include in my original post. I seem to have misplaced the past few days.
Yasuhiro Ishimoto was born in San Francisco and spent his childhood in Japan. He later returned to America and was interned in Colorado during the Second World War. Settling in Chicago after WWII, he became immersed in the city’s photography scene which included such notables as Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.
These photographs feature his adopted city of Chicago which are gathered in the collection Chicago, Chicago (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, 1969).