Aenne Biermann

Aenne Biermann

Up Close and Personal

Aenne Biermann: one of the most significant European avant-garde photographers of the 20th century




Edited by Raz Samira. Contributions by Simone Förster, Bernhard Maaz, Raz Samira, Edna Goldacki Biermann, and Ornan Rotem

1st edition

, 2021

Text in English and Hebrew


148 pages, 123 color and duotone illustrations

22 x 30.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-882-9

In cooperation with Tel Aviv Museum of Art


Aenne Biermann (1898–1933) was one of the leading figures of photography in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, she is considered one of the most important avant-garde photographers of the twentieth century. In just a few years of practice, the self-taught artist became a well-known representative of German photography, participating in almost all the important exhibitions of her time. She captured plants, objects, people, and everyday situations in pictures that have to this day lost none of their allure and poignancy. By means of clear structures, precise compositions of light and contrast, as well as narrow framing, she drew a special kind of poetry out of the motifs of her personal environment and developed her own, distinctly modern pictorial style.

This is the first substantial new book in English on this exceptional artist since the 1930s, published to coincide with a major exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in fall 2021. The large-format volume features some 100 of Aenne Biermann’s photographs in color and duotone reproduction, several of them published here for the first time ever. This impressive selection is complemented by essays on Biremann’s photography in art-historical context and on selected aspects of her oeuvre.


Up Close and Personal received the Special Mention of the 2022 Book Award in the Historical Category at the ARLES Les Recontres de la Photographie.


Designed by Ornan Rotem, Sylph Editions, London.

Raz Samira is curator of photography at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.


Simone Förster is curator of Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation, Pinakothek der Moderne, in Munich.


Bernhard Maaz is Director of the Bavarian State Art Collections in Munich.

Autoren & Herausgeber

«Ein besonderes Beispiel für den Kultur-Austausch durch eine ästhetische und funktionale Typografie und eine außergewöhnliche Buchgestaltung.» Dieter Blase, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie