„Ethnographic“ photography comprises of different material: travel and expedition photography, anthropometric shoots as well as studio photography and photo-based field research. Different perspectives on the unfamiliar are herewith represented.
The collection of photographs by the teacher Horst Martin (1902-1962) demonstrates the commitment of an ethnographic interested amateur in an exemplary manner. The holdings are stored in the Ethnographical Museum Dresden and are in part exhibited. Martin worked at the German Schools in Temuco in the Chile, in Bogotá in Columbia and in Mexico City. Starting in Bogotá, he travelled through Columbia and visited Guatemala and Ecuador. The black-and-white photographs, some are snapshots, others are well composed, that were taken on his trips, are geographical image material that at the same time gives insights into Horst Martin’s specific interests. He took pictures of landscapes and people, everyday situations and had an eye for the things that were special to him. The many film reels, that he carefully filed, are a treasure to be discovered.