Andreas Feininger, Bauhaus architect and son of Lyonel Feininger, lived and worked in Hamburg from 1929 – 1931. He strolled through the town with his Leica, photographing everything that he thought picturesque and unique to the city. Especially the so called “Gängeviertel” fascinated him. These slum areas inhabited by the harbor workers, were densely populated without running water or canalization, a breeding ground for Cholera. The original photos on loan from the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, portrait the architecture of these areas which have been mostly demolished.
In comparison, models and plans of the modernist architecture around 1930 show the revolutionary new style of city planning and housing developments that evolved under Fritz Schumacher in Hamburg and Gustav Oelsner in Altona.
Portraits of Andreas Feininger are very rare. This makes the last photograph of the artist, taken in 1989 by the renown Nomi Baumgartl, a collector's item. "Andreas Feininger - The Naturalist's Eye" is one of four photographs from the series "Andreas Feininger: The Legend" featured in the exhibit. It quotes Andreas Feininger's famous shot of the young director Dennis Stock from 1953.