Five Photographs by Ellen Auerbach



From “Ellen Auerbach: Classic Works and Collaborations,” an exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery through August 14. Auerbach, who died in 2004, worked in Berlin in the time of the Weimar Republic; she’s remembered for her work with ringl + pit, an advertising studio she started with her friend Grete Stern. The pair found recognition for their photography in what was then a field dominated by men; their pictures vacillated between genres, using surrealism and montage to blur the line between commercialism and fine art.


ringl + pit, Petrole Hahn, 1931, silver print mounted to board, 9.25″ x 11″.


Ellen Auerbach, Sulphur Bath, Big Sur, 1949, silver print, 11″ x 14″.


Seagull, Maine, 1941, silver print, 8″ x 9.25″.


Renate Schottelius, 1946, vintage silver print, 6.5″ x 4.5″.

Male and Mailbox, Chile, 1948, vintage silver print, 7.5″ x 10″.