Paul MellenthinPhD candidate
Studied art history in Leipzig, Berlin, Paris and Rome. Worked as a research assistant 2010-11 in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, 2012 at the Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris, 2013 at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2014-15 at the Center for Advanced Studies BildEvidenz in Berlin and 2016 as a researcher at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Berlin and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, 2017 co-curator of a retrospective of Adolphe Braun in the Münchner Stadtmuseum.
The project inquires into the function of photography in the nineteenth century in order to discuss the relationship between art and industry as well as the relation of picture and author. The case study of the Alsatian firm of Adolphe Braun, one of Europe’s most achieving photographic enterprises, connects systematic approaches on photography to concrete historical events.