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Poorly exposed

  • Object
  • Trebitz (Ort)
  • before 1945

The Hahne Niehoff Archive contains a few strongly over- or underexposed 35 mm films, which show either nothing or only shadowy images. They contradict the task of photo archives: they were suitable neither for image-related research nor as pictorial documentation in publications, exhibitions, etc. Why then were such recordings not rejected, but instead carefully labelled and stored? One answer might be that these photos served as evidence for photographic research work in the field. At the same time, their preservation follows the general logic of collections, which always strive for completeness.

Detailed information

HU Hahne-Niehoff Archive
Object type
Original title
Kleinbildfilm "Trebitz – Räuberfest" (Ausschnitt)
Place of origin
Trebitz (Ort)
before 1945
Inventory number
IfEE-HNN: Kb-film (Negativrollen) 02/061-o.Nr.
3,5 x 22,5 cm
Plastic (Cellulose nitrate film, black and white negative, inverted)
Exhibition Format
Rights statement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Hahne-Niehoff-Archiv
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exhibition & Module
HU01 After Nature / HU01 02 Main Hall - Modern Cabinet of Curiosities / HU01 02 04 Three Archives in Reciprocal View