[Potsdam]: Lichtbildwerkstätte Max Baur, [1937?]. Baur, Max. 12mo.,  pp., and 10 b&w gelatin silver photographs, 3 1/2 x 2 5/16 inches or the reverse, tipped to mounts 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, and one photograph, 3 x 2 inches on a 5 x 3 3/4 inch mount. Housed in the original three-point card portfolio, with a printed label on the upper cover. There is slight silvering to the images. The ten larger photographs are signed in type beneath the image, while the smaller photograph is signed in ink by the photographer beneath the image. On its blank reverse is a handwritten salutation in German, dated 1953, which translates to: "We are on a pilgrimage all our lives. One place is more enjoyable, the other more serious. Let's try to keep as much jot as possible everywhere and pass it on until we come home. From my heart, many good wishes for the future." Near fine. Item #54429
Max Baur (German, 1898-1988) has received renewed attention as the subject of MAX BAUR: IN THE BAUHAUS SPIRIT. Baur's life and career choices were effected greatly by the two World Wars. He began in publishing, ultimately making an interest in the experimental medium of photography a business. He made postcard images of scenes throughout Germany that illustrate how strongly he was influenced by the graphic work being done at the Bauhaus. His first publication contained scenes in Potsdam, a city he moved his family and business to after seeing vistas of the city's Sanssouci Park in a film. IN THE BAUHAUS SPIRIT lists the publisher for this work as Karl Specht Verlag, Berlin. This edition however, was self-published by Baur's own firm in Potsdam. These photographs may predate the 1937 Karl Specht publication, but were certainly created before World War II, which left Potsdam in ruins and forced Baur to relocate to Berlin. The Specht edition has many more illustrations, but none have original photographs as found in this portfolio.