Prof. J. Pésci, W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski & L. G. Krull, DER AKT / THE NUDE), 1918

Cover back and front

 

Der Akt – Zwanzig photographische Aufnahmen weiblicher Körper nach der Natur (The nude – twenty photographs of the female body taken from life) is a collaboration by three photographers: the established Hungarian photographer Prof. J [ozsef]. Pésci and German photographers W [anda]. v [on] . Debschitz-Kunowski, and L [uise]. G [ermaine]. Krull. Published in 1918, this outstanding, oversized volume contains twenty images of the female form. The book has no text apart from the title and index page.
The studio nudes are all in the picturesque ‘pictorialist’ style, reflecting the fashion and taste of the late 1910s.

Jozsef Pésci’s use of furniture and other props gives his photographs a theatrical mood. Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski’s works are more simple studio works. Her pictures were chosen as the cover images for the portfolios, as well as the actual book. Aged just 21, Germaine Krull still seems to be searching for her own photographic language, wavering, as she does, between the photographic styles of her more mature colleagues. Krull used more natural daylight settings, which does give her images a less formal mood. The works included in this book are like photographed versions of classical academic studies. Many are reminiscent of the works of painters, such as the German artist Georg Papperitz.
This publication is widely known as Germaine Krull’s first book publication, and therefore an important and appreciated volume amongst photobook lovers. Though the youngest photographer featured here, Krull went on to become the best-known of them all.

The 20 photogravures, as well as the title and index sheet, are printed on thin paper and individually mounted on stiff Japanese paper.

The book was published in a regular version, and a half leather-bound version of 50 copies (shown below). The print run of the regular half cloth-bound edition remains unknown.

Photographs by:

4 photographs by Prof. József Pésci (b. 1889)
9 photographs by Wanda (Wilhelmine Auguste) von Debschitz-Kunowski (b. 1870)
7 photographs by Luise Germaine Krull (b. 1897)

Published by Einhorn-Verlag Dachau bei München 1918 “Im fünften Kriegsjahre” (trans: In the fifth year of the war)

A second edition and further 50 half leather-bound copies were published 1920.

 

Hard cover with dust jacket

30.6 x 40.6cm

24 pages (including front and end papers)

Dust jacket back and frontProf._J._Pesci,_W._v._Debschitz-Kunowski,_L._G._Krull_Der_Akt_1918_p00

 

Photograph by Prof. J. Pésci

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Prof. J. Pésci

Photograph by Germaine Krull

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Germaine Krull

Photograph by Prof. J. Pésci

Photograph by Germaine Krull

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Germaine Krull

Photograph by Prof. J. Pésci

Photograph by Germaine Krull

Photograph by Germaine Krull

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

Photograph by Germaine Krull

Photograph by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski

 

 

 

Dust jacket

 

 

 

 

 

DER AKT, Liebhaber-Ausgabe (Half leather bound edition)

 

Der Akt, Liebhaber-Ausgabe (Half leather bound edition) Slipcase back and front

 

This edition of Der Akt is the half leather bound “Liebhaber-Ausgabe auf Japan” (Connoisseur edition on Japanese paper). Published in an edition of only 50 hand-numbered copies. The most obvious difference to the regular edition is the black or dark gray paper used, which elevates the appearance of the photographs. Also, the paper used for the dust jacket is yellow, as opposed to the regular edition dust jacket which is blue.
The book is housed in a simple yellow paper-covered slipcase with no writing. The half leather bound book has a black leather spine with the title in gold. The cover is blue with a decorative design in olive.

 

Hard cover with dust jacket and slipcase

31.0 x 42.0cm

24 pages (including front and end papers)

Der Akt, Liebhaber-Ausgabe (Half leather bound edition) Slipcase back and front

Der Akt, Liebhaber-Ausgabe (Half leather edition) Cover back and front

Der Akt – Zwanzig photographische Aufnahmen weiblicher Körper nach der Natur, Liebhaber-Ausgabe auf Japan. 1918 Erschienen im Einhorn-Verlag Dachau bei München im fünften Kriegsjahre

 

Der Akt – Zwanzig photographische Aufnahmen weiblicher Körper nach der Natur, Liebhaber-Ausgabe auf Japan. 1918 Erschienen im Einhorn-Verlag Dachau bei München im fünften Kriegsjahre

 

 

 

DER AKT, Blue portfolio

 

Portfolio back and front

 

 

This portfolio contains photographs mounted on 12 loose sheets. It contains works by Prof. J [ózsef].
Pésci, W [anda]. v [on]. Debschitz-Kunowski, and L [uise]. G.[ermaine] Krull.
The cover image by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski differs from that used on the cover of the book.

Blue stiff card wing wallet portfolio
12 paper sheets with mounted copper press prints (photogravures)
26.2 x 35cm

 

Photography left by Prof. J. Pésci. Photography right by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski

Photography left by L. G. Krull. Photography right by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski

Photography by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski

Photography left by Prof. J. Pésci. Photography right by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski

Photography left by Prof. J. Pésci. Photography right by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski

Left photography by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski. Right by L. G. Krull

 

 


DER AKT, Yellow portfolio

Portfolio back and front

 

The yellow portfolio is slightly bigger than the blue version and contains 6 loose sheets with the photographs mounted. It contains works by Prof. J. Pésci and W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski. The cover image by Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski differs from that used on the cover of the book.

Yellow stiff card wing wallet portfolio

6 paper sheets with mounted copper press prints (photogravures)

26.2 x 35.8cm

Photography left by Prof. J. Pésci. Photography right by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski

Photography left by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski. Photography right by Prof. J. Pésci.

Photography by W. v. Debschitz-Kunowski.

 

 

 

Liebhaber-Ausgabe (Half leather edition) in slipcase, Regular edition, Yellow pirtfolio, Blue portfolio.

 

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS BY GERMAINE KRULL

 

Germaine Krull, Études de nu

Germaine Krull, Metal, 1928