The Fostinum

The collector is the true resident of the interior.  The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one. 

                                                                                              - Walter Benjamin

Pressa Exhibition in Cologne /

Internationale Presse-Ausstellung in Köln

The Pressa Exhibition, known as the Internationale Presse-Ausstellung (International Press Exhibition) or Pressa for short, was an exhibition held in 1928 in German city of Cologne.  The exhibition was intended to showcase the latest in the news media and printing, but as you can see from the above photos, the architecture of the pavilions and their photography stole the show in some ways.  By far the most revolutionary was the Soviet Union's pavilion designed by El Lissitzky with its avant garde design of extreme angles and constructivist ornamentation covering nearly all surfaces.   However, other designs also drew attention, including those of the Haus der Arbeiterpresse der Allgemeine deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund or ADGB (House of the Workers' Press of the Confederation of German Trade Unions) and the Kölnische Zeitung (Cologne Newspaper), which were beautifully captured by now famous architectural photographers, including Werner Mantz and Hugo Schmölz, some of which you can see above.

Nadar - Georges Sand, albumen printNadar - Alexandre Dumas, albumen printNadar - Victor Hugo, in memoriam, albumen printNadar - Self-portrait (Publicity photo to raise funds for Le Géant), albumen printNadar - Hot air balloons, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt in Tosca, 1882, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), 1889, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt, 1890, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Gismonda, albumen printNadar - Edmond de Goncourt