Halle a. S. Wilhelm Knapp, 1912. First edition. 8vo., 52 pp. Printed wrappers. Very good. Item #31117
Emil Mayer (1871 - 1938) born in Bohemia, earned his juris doctorate in Vienna. At the turn of the twentieth century, he was an active amateur photographer, and member of several Viennese photographic societies. His major body of work was in the streets of Vienna, making candid portraits of the mix of social classes. He was a master of the bromoil process and wrote a manual on this complicated process which was widely republished and translated. When Vienna fell to the Nazis in 1938, Dr. Mayer and his wife took their lives in order to escape persecution. The Gestapo destroyed most of his original prints and it was not until a portfolio was discovered many years later when a book was produced titled VIENNESE TYPES, (1999) that recognition of his standing was once again brought to bear.
Issued as volume 81 in the series Encyklopädie Photographie, this is the author's first publication. Roosens and Salu No. 1175. OCLC locates only seven copies with M.I.T. being the only North American holding.