Felix H. Man (British (born Germany), Freiburg 1893–1985 London)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 9.5 x 12.9 cm (3 3/4 x 5 1/16 in.)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Denise and Andrew Saul Gift, 2005
Not on view
Man was a pioneering German-born photojournalist who began his career in 1929 and established his reputation with a series of photographs of candid moments in the daily lives of important and powerful people, from Igor Stravinsky to Benito Mussolini. Forced to leave Nazi Germany in 1934, he emigrated to London and soon became chief photographer of Weekly Illustrated (1934-38), then Picture Post (1938-45), the two most famous British picture magazines of the era. This small study of weightlifters competing at the Metzgerbräu, a famous beer hall in Munich, is among the earliest known photographs by Man. Munich remains one of the centers of weightlifting and bodybuilding in Europe.
Inscription: Artist's stamp in purple ink on print, verso C: "Copyright by // Man"; inscribed by artist in ink on print, verso TC, BC: "vintage // Felix H Man", "München Metzgerbräu // 1929 // Contesso Nettel"
Lieselotte Man, Switzerland; [Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, March 17, 1989
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sight Unseen: Photographs from the Gilman Collection".
Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Sports Show," February 19, 2012–May 13, 2012.
Little, David. The Sports Show: Athletics as Image and Spectacle. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2012. p. 298.