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Heinrich Kühn

Heinrich Kühn

The grandson of a sculptor, Kühn (1866–1944) studied painting and music in his home of Vienna and medicine and natural science. From this training he turned to microscopic photography and after continued experiments with this procedure, he gave up medicine entirely and devoted himself solely to photography developing his own Pictorialist style.

An emerging movement in photography at the turn of the 20th century, Pictorialism was characterized by photographers manipulating what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of "creating" an image rather than simply recording it. As an artist and scientist, Kühn researched and developed his own photographic techniques pushing the boundaries of the medium, later inventing and patenting film with higher light sensitivity.