Jakob Tuggener

Fabrik, re-edit 2011


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"Jakob TUGGENER's 'Fabrik', first published 1943 in Erlenbach–Zurich, is considered to be a milestone in the history of photography books.
The series of seventy-two photographs in this 'Photo Epos of Technology' is oriented toward the expressionist aesthetic of the silent movie. It imparts a sceptical view of the destructive potential of unbridled tech nological progress – at the time the Swiss military industry was producing weapons for World War II.

TUGGENER's uncompromising subjective photography and his critical attitude did not suit his time. 'Fabrik' was not a commercial success – the copies were sold at a loss and in part apparently even converted to pulp.
Now the work,
which has since become a sought-after classic, is being reissued as a reprint with a contemporary afterword.
Jakob TUGGENER (1904–1988) was a photographer, film maker and painter. In the major themes of his photographic work – labour in a factory, simple rural life and magnificent parties of high society – TUGGENER composed print-ready book maquettes, but for 'Fabrik' alone he found a publisher.
TUGGENER was presented by Otto STEINERT's exhibition Subjektive Fotografie (1951/53) and – arranged by Robert FRANK – by Edward STEICHEN's exhibitions Post-War European Photography and Family of Man, (1953/55).
The Helmhaus in Zurich devoted a retrospective to him in 1974. TUGGENER left an immense and practically untouched life’s work: more than 60 book maquettes, thousands of exhibition photographs and work prints, hundreds of colour slides, drawings, watercolors, oil paintings and more than
twenty silent films." (publisher's note)

"Jakob TUGGENERs Fotoband 'Fabrik', erschien erstmals 1943 in Zürich und gilt als Meilenstein in der Geschichte des Fotobuchs. Dieses 'Bildepos der Technik' orientiert sich in seiner assoziativen Reihung der Fotografien an der expressionistischen Stummfilm-Ästhetik.
'Fabrik' vermittelt eine skeptische Sicht auf das zerstörerische Potential ungebremsten technischen Fortschritts – in einer Zeit, als die Schweizer Rüstungsindustrie Waffen für den Zweiten Weltkrieg produzierte.
TUGGENERs kompromisslos subjektive Fotografie und seine kritische Haltung passten nicht in seine Zeit.
'Fabrik 'wurde kein kommerzieller Erfolg – die Auflage wurde verramscht, zum Teil wahrscheinlich sogar eingestampft. 2011 wurde der inzwischen gesuchte Klassiker erstmal wiederaufgelegt, als Reprint mit einem aktuellen Nachwort." (Verlagstext)