VISUAL INDEPENDENCE ... a photo graphic experience. | Vol. 11 Summer 14

In the domain of art, each creation is unique, and knows little progress thereafter. Arising over time are all sorts of variations of the same themes, sometimes full-bodied, often quite bland. But the force existing at the beginning of the work is rarely maintained. Similarly, when this force is reapplied, the action produced in the artwork becomes automated and mechanized, so much so that the dulled senses fail to respond to the medium. The time is then ripe for a new invention. What we call the technique is inseparable from the art. And so we are wanting, and this is not a trivial matter, to do away with some ideas. Gutenberg, the inventor of movable type, printed by this means a handful of books, which still remain supreme as realisations of the art of book typography. The centuries which have succeeded him were not marked by any other major invention in this field of interest – until photography.

El Lissitzky, Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1926

Relentless Paparazzi

by Marcello Geppetti

Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg by Marcello Geppetti

Marcello Geppetti (1933–1998) was an Italian photographer. This is how David Schonauer, the editor in chief of American Photo magazine, described Marcello Geppetti in 1997. The New York Times and Newsweek compared him to Cartier-Bresson and Weegee.

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Le Mouvement

by Étienne-Jules Marey

La course de l’homme
La course de l’homme, 1886

Étienne-Jules Marey (1830 - 1904) was a French scientist, physiologist and chronophotographer. In 1889, the International Congress of Photography decided "chronophotography" would be the term used to describe all sequential instantaneous photographic processes.

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February 1917

by Karl Bulla

February Revolution of 1917
Death to the monarchy, 28.2.1917

The February Revolution of 1917 was the first of two revolutions in Russia in 1917. It was centered on Petrograd, then the capital (now St. Petersburg). The February Revolution was followed in the same year by the October Revolution, paving the way for the USSR.

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Shoot a Photo

by Clément Chéroux

Brassaï, Paris 1935

Distant ancestor of today's video games, « shoot-a-photo » attractions, for that is how they were called, appeared among fairground stands around 1920. In this new game the shooter fired upon himself. Among the Shooters: Brassai, Man Ray, Fellini, Sartre, Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Visual Independence Articles

Stamps of Man Ray by Steven Manford
Though reluctant to admit it as a champion of Man Ray's photographs, often the verso can be more compelling than the recto.
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Photo Diary by John G. Morris
Morris is responsible for saving Robert Capa’s legendary eleven images of D-Day after the melted emulsion accidentally destroyed most of the precious negatives.
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Interview with Galerist Baudoin Lebon
He has been an art dealer since 1974, his mother was Jean Moulin's secretary, he has been representing Joel Peter Witkin since 1986, as a child he wanted to be a farmer.
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The Art of Collecting Photography

Establishing a well-put-together photography collection is an art in itself. For the collector at any level, photography presents a more accessible, relatable and affordable entry point to the art world than many other mediums.

Buying photographs will lead you to on an amazing personal and emotional journey. Look, react, and commit. Pursue the experience that’s pleasurable. If you find a photograph that speaks to you, that moves and inspires you, that makes you look at it again and again – buy it, take it home, hang it on the wall, and live with it.

If buying for investment, look at the artists' resumes, where their work has been published, what galleries represent them, and how their work is selling

The collecting of photographs was practically simultaneous with the invention of photography. P & D Colnaghi, a well-established art gallery in London, sold photographs as early as the 1850s.
Photographic auctions also had their beginnings in the mid-19th Century. The first auction of photographs took place in London in 1854.
Although “photography as art” was still being debated, by the early 20th Century photographs had become firmly established as a collectible.
After a dry period in the 1960s, the early 1970s saw the beginning of the photography market as we know it today.
Knowing the sales figures for an artist and for a particular image is an important point to consider before buying a photograph.
Photo Credit: Jans Bock-Schroeder

Is photography art?

Anyone still asking that question should attend international art fairs, visit renowned galleries and auction houses, or even private residences of some foremost collectors

Photography’s presence within the art world has surged in recent years. The once distinctive line between photography and other art forms has blurred. Today’s photography art market seems to straddle two distinctive subsets – vintage/iconic pieces and current, contemporary creations.

There is a very real sense in which photography is actually the core of the contemporary art market. All sorts of ideas come directly from or through photography.

“There is a new generation of photographers that are creatively and intellectually pushing the envelope,” says Isabella Icoz, art advisor, nominator to the Prix Pictet and veteran art curator in Istanbul. “When I look at them, I don’t think of [their work] as photography but as art. I think it’s important to not look at labels.”

Photography is simply a medium of accepted art.

World Photo, Collecting

The Visual Independence Store

The Peter Bock-Schroeder Estate in in cooperation with Visual Independence produces modern/estate prints from the original negatives of the PBS Archive.

Photographs are stamped on the back with the Bock-Schroeder copyright stamp, and the Peter Bock-Schroeder Estate stamp. For authenticity reasons, all prints are signed by Jans Bock Schroeder with the print date and edition number.

Sizes noted are the paper size of each photograph and are rounded to the nearest inch. Image sizes are slightly smaller, allowing for a typical white border.

We agree to buy back photographs for the price paid within 5 days, provided it is returned in the same condition as supplied.

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Robert Doisneau, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Étienne-Jules Marey, Gustave Le Gray, Tazio Secchiaroli, Alfred Donné, Dimitri Baltermants, Peter Bock-Schroeder, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Wright Morris, Harold Eugene "Doc" Edgerton, Clarence White, Roger Fenton, William Henry Fox Talbot, André Kertész, Otto Wegener, Henri Jean-Louis Le Secq, Herbert List, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, Eugene Atget, John Collier, Ilse Bing, Philippe Halsman, William Eugene Smith, Paul Strand, Germaine Krull, Nadar, Auguste-Rosalie Bisson, Charles Marville, Dorothea Lange, Marcello Geppetti, Lewis Hine, Leon Gimpel, Pierre Molinier, Miroslav Tichý, Edward Jean Steichen, Karl Struss, Louis-Cyrus Macaire, George Ellery Hale, Israëlis Bidermanas and Walker Evans are amongst the photographers featured in the weekly Visual Independence Blog.

Sotchi Beach
Photo Credit: Peter Bock-Schroeder

Sotchi 1956

  • Artist: Peter Bock-Schroeder (1913 - 2001)
  • Size: 24cm x 30cm
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Edition: Unique Vintage Print
  • Photographed: 1956
  • Print Date: 1959
  • Copyrightstamp: verso
  • Provenance: Bock-Schroeder Estate

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Photo Credit: IBS Geissler

Vintage Fashion

  • Artist: IBS Geissler
  • Size: 24cm x 30cm
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Edition: Unique Vintage Print
  • Photographed: 1959
  • Print Date: 1959
  • Copyrightstamp: verso
  • Provenance: Bock-Schroeder Estate

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Newton Poster
Photo Credit: Jans Bock-Schroeder

Traces of Newton

  • Artist: Jans Bock-Schroeder
  • Size: 24cm x 30cm
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Edition: 25
  • Photographed: 2010
  • Print Date: 2012
  • Copyrightstamp: verso
  • Provenance: Bock-Schroeder Estate

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Paris Photo
Photo Credit: JBS

Collecting Bock-Schroeder

Provenance has always been an important factor in the painting and print markets and is has become the same in photography. Besides the possibility of contributing to an increase in value because of the reputation of the previous owner, provenance is also important in determining that a photograph is not a forgery.

The Peter Bock-Schroeder Estate produces modern/estate prints from the original negatives.
Photographs are stamped on the back with Peter Bock-Schroeder's original copyright stamp, and the Peter Bock-Schroeder Estate stamp. For authenticity reasons, all prints are signed by Jans Bock Schroeder with the print date and edition number.
In photography, a vintage print is the first print that the photographer makes immediately after developing a negative. Vintage prints are considered the original piece of art.
The Bock-Schroeder Store will be online: December 15th

Back in the USSR

In 1956, one year after the peace treaty between Russia and Germany, Peter Bock-Schroeder was the first West-German photographer to get permission to work in the USSR. The Assignment came from a West German Film Production. The task was to travel with a international film crew on the production of the documentary: Russia today, We saw with our eyes.

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"The photo journalist's landscape has to be more than just a pretty picture; it has to make a statement" - Peter Bock-Schroeder (1913-2001)

Vera Maxwell

It was on a fabric buying trip to Peru in the early 1950s that Maxwell chance met Peter Bock-Schroeder, the world travelling German photojournalist. What follows is a retrospective of his lens on her work and letters that give a glimpse into their lifelong friendship that began in a faraway land.

Alison B. Kagamaster

Sefton Delmer

Denis Sefton Delmer (1904 - 1979) was a British journalist and propagandist for the British government. During the Second World War he led a black propaganda campaign against Hitler by radio from England and he was named in the Nazis' Black Book for immediate arrest after their invasion of England.


Disturbed Landscapes

Just as the landscape forms the people, people also put their mark on the landscape. So we needn’t go looking for a little piece of earth free of all traces of human activity, for it is the landscape altered by man that repeatedly gives us something new, that offers us fascinating motifs. The photo journalist’s landscape has to be more than just a pretty picture; it has to make a statement.

Peter Bock-Schroeder (1956)

Celilo Falls

The "Happy Fishing Ground", owned by the Wyam Indians, at the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington is endangered to be destroyed through the construction of the "Dallas Dam". During the Fishing Season (April-October) up to 5000 Indians from the Umatilla, Yakima and Warm Spring Reservations come here. Native settlements has existed here in various configurations for 15,000 years. The Building of the Dallas Dam which will supply a nearby electric power station, means the loss of their income and their ancient tradition. The torrential River will be replaced by a quiet Lake. In the 19th century the Indians were given the exclusive right of the Columbian River by decree of "the white man". Once again the Native Americans learn what these promises are worth. They are now promised apartments and money as compensation for their fishing grounds.

Peter Bock-Schroeder