"Animal Camera. Medien und Politiken der Tierfotografie im Londoner Exil (1933–1945)"

Burcu Dogramaci

Mensch und Tier in Reflexionen des Exils (Jahrbuch Exilforschung, 39), edited by Ursula Seeber et al., De Gruyter, 2021, pp. 253–275

Animals were a popular subject for exile photographers who came to London after 1933 to flee the Nazis. The lecture will discuss the political significance of animal photography in the context of exile and flight. The animal image was sometimes used as political caricature in magazines such as Picture Post or Lilliput. This politicisation of the animal picture took place through the captions. The pocket magazine Lilliput, however, generated meaning through the juxtaposition of two images. In the process, image of animals was also used to confront National Socialist politicians. This is remarkable because a whole network of emigrants was involved in Picture Post and Lilliput: the editor-in-chief of both magazines was the emigrated journalist Stefan Lorant; photographers such as Wolf Suschitzky, Hans Casparius and Tim Gidal worked for him. In the media transfer, the animal portrait became a political subject through editorial processing – image-text or image-image relations.