About the work
Portofino, 1936, Contact Sheet Print by Herbert List. Archival Pigment print. Unlimited edition. Artist's copyright on the reverse and Magnum embossed stamp "Magnum Photos Collection" on the front.
About the artist
Herbert List was a classically educated artist who combined a love for photography with a fascination for surrealism and classicism. Born in 1903 into a prosperous Hamburg merchant family, List began an apprenticeship at a Heidelberg coffee dealer in 1921 while studying literature and art history at Heidelberg University. During travels for the coffee business between 1924-28, the young List began to take photographs, almost without any pretensions to art. Under the dual influence of the surrealist movement on the one hand, and of Bauhaus artists on the other, List photographed still life and his friends, developing his own style. His austere, classically-posed black-and-white composition taken in Italy and Greece have been highly formative for modern photography.