For decades the photographs by painter Alfons Walde, who was born in 1891, were hidden in crates in the artist's estate, and were shown for the first time only in December 2014 at Westlicht Museum. The world-famous landscape painter Walde turns out to be an equally masterful photographer – with a focus on the nude.
His staged pictures range from classical poses from the tradition of art history to erotic and partly pornographic scenes. His black & white photographs from the early 1920s are reminiscent of works by Egon Schiele and Koloman Moser, later on Walde played a significant role as a pioneer of colour photography.
Starting from the mid-1930s he used his Leica camera with the recently invented colour film and made slides, which fascinate the viewer by their painterly appearance. Apart from his nude studies, Walde also took landscapes, portraits and architecture photographs, which frequently served as inspiration for his paintings.