[Mystery of the Street]

Umbo (Otto Umbehr) German

Not on view

This photograph does not describe what Otto Umbehr saw when he looked out his window in Berlin, but what he discovered when he turned his overhead view of the street upside-down. His simple inversion (indicated by his signature "Umbo" in the lower right corner) posits an unsettling world in which the insubstantial dominates the substantial, and imagination intercepts cognition.

[Mystery of the Street], Umbo (Otto Umbehr) (German, Düsseldorf 1902–1980 Hanover), Gelatin silver print

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