‘All images of Marx are good’
„To my dear Cacadou. Old Nick“
15 original photographs of Karl Marx. They shape our image of him until today.
By the middle of the 19th century, photography had developed so much that even poorer sections of the population could afford to have their pictures taken. Photography, nonetheless, remained a slow and cumbersome process and demanded patience and suitable lighting conditions among other things. Snapshots from this time are therefore rare, and none of Marx appear to exist. The fifteen original photographs we still have actually tend to show that Marx and Engels very deliberately used photography – a fact, which significantly contributed to our image of Marx: the old wise man with the wild beard.
Text: Lydia Heller
Speaker: Katya Kumkova, Dan Wesker
Music: lie too fine - Mizaru, CC BY-SA 3.0