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The Magical in Passing
October 12, 2018
by Herbert List
This selection of 120 works sheds some light on the elusive oeuvre of the German photographer Herbert List, and explores why it is so difficult to categorize his work. He would work in almost every genre that photography has to offer: architecture, still life, street photography, portraiture, documentation and cataloguing. Yet he also blurred the demarcation between those fields; architectural shots seem like composed still lifes or surreal compositions. Documentation of Greek sculptures or African artefacts borders on portraiture, and when capturing the classical beauty of the male physique, one does not quite know if we look at painstakingly composed arrangements or a private photo-diary, shot spontaneously from the hip.

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