Erich Retzlaff Donation

 

Bettina Retzlaff Cumming Gift 2
© Estate of Erich Retzlaff

 

Christopher Webster van Tonder’s ongoing research into the life and work of the German photographer Erich Retzlaff (1899-1993) has attracted an important donation to the School of Art Gallery and Museum. In March 2013 a collection of 38 vintage Erich Retzlaff prints was generously given by the photographer’s daughter, Bettina Retzlaff-Cumming. This donation will hereafter be known as the Bettina Retzlaff-Cumming Bequest.

 

 

This generous gift will have a significant impact on the potential for research and teaching in relation to Retzlaff’s oeuvre and the resonance and relevance of Erich Retzlaff’s photographs.

Below is a selection of the photographs which are mostly post-war and often relating to commercial projects. One image is actually by one of Bettina’s sisters – a portrait of their elderly father.

Bettina Retzlaff Cumming Gift 5
© Estate of Erich Retzlaff
Bettina Retzlaff Cumming Gift 4
© Estate of Erich Retzlaff
Bettina Retzlaff Cumming Gift 6
© Estate of Erich Retzlaff
Bettina Retzlaff Cumming Gift 3
© Estate of Erich Retzlaff
Bettina Retzlaff Cumming Gift 1
© Estate of Erich Retzlaff
Erich Retzlaff by Bettina Retzlaff Cumming
Erich Retzlaff by Bettina Retzlaff Cumming © Estate of Erich Retzlaff

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