, or Haselnusskätzchenzweig
to give it its original title, is Biermann’s solemnly beautiful image of a hazelnut tree in its catkin stage of growth. Hazelnut trees produce yellow catkins in late winter and early spring, that carry the trees’ pollen. It was Biermann’s plant photographs that brought her into the public eye, when the German art historian and photographer Franz Roh published an article referencing them in late 1928. After that, Biermann’s work was shown in many of the major international photographic exhibitions of the late 1920s and early 1930s.
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Original: Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper 23.4 x 17.6 cm Tate. Purchased with funds provided by Pierre Brahm 2013. Image released under Creative Commons.
Aenne Biermann (1898 – 1933), was a German photographer of Ashkenazi origin. A self-taught photographer, she became one of the major proponents of New Objectivity, a significant art movement that developed in the Weimar Republic, Germany in the 1920s. The majority of Biermann's photographs were shot between 1925 and her death in 1933, with her work becoming internationally renowned in the late 1920s, when it was part of every major exhibition of German photography. In honour of her important contribution to photography, the Aenne Biermann Prize for Contemporary German Photography was created in 1992, an annual award and one of the most important events of its kind in Germany. Several of her works are held in Tate’s collection.