DFA Podcast #14.1
Ulrich Pohlmann on Ditmar Albert: Munich Photo Museum
Dr Ulrich Pohlmann is Head of the Photography Collection of the Münchner Stadtmuseum, formerly the Fotomuseum in the Munich City Museum. He retires from the post at the end of 2022.
In Part 1 of the podcast, he talks to Corinna Weidner about his predecessor in office, Ditmar Albert, a long-time member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner. Albert was the director of the Fotomuseum from 1976-91, and when he took office, a fundamental change took place in the way photography was viewed, presented and evaluated in Munich.
Ulrich Pohlmann describes Albert's recruitment for the collection (including the Breitenbach Collection) and the newly emerging tectonics of the museum's holdings, Albert's understanding of photography as a broadly based cultural history, his scepticism towards the art market and how the suppression of Nazi history determined Albert's generation.
Part 2 then deals with Pohlmann's own long-standing work for and with photography - and with the art historian Schmoll called Eisenwerth.
Note to our English-speaking subscribers: This talk is in German, but if you watch the recording on YouTube, you can have English subtitles generated.