Ellen Auerbach was a photographer who specialized in shooting the figure. Ellen Auerbach was born in Karlsruhe, Germany in the year 1906. Her father was great businessman.
The artist took little interest in the family businesses so she decided to attend college. She studied in Karlsruhe at the Badische Landeskuntschule. Auerbach also studied at the Academy of Art located in Stuttgart.
She also studied privately under the photographer Walter Peterhans who was once a teacher at the Bauhaus. At the time she was one of two students studying with Peterhans, the other was Grete Stern.
In 1929 Auerbach opened a commercial photography studio with Grete Stern. The studio was named Ringl & Pit. They purchased much of the equipment from Peterhans.
The duo was among the first female only run photography studios in the world. In addition to advertising layouts the duo also shot portraits and still lifes eventually winning many awards for their designs.
Hitler came to power in 1933, as the duo was Jewish they closed down their successful studio. Auerbach would later emigrate to the United States in 1937.
Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.
Ellen Auerbach passed away in 2004.
Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City, and the J. Paul Getty Museum located in Los Angeles.
Auerbach’s work with the figure was unique for her close up cropped images that shows the beauty of the female figure. Her work is similar to that of Horst P. Horst and Ruth Bernhard. Auerbach also shot her images for unusual vantage points, another interesting twist.
Below an image of Ellen Auerbach: