Jakob Tuggener - Fabrik (cover) Rotapfel Verlag, Erlenbach-Zurich, 1943
Jakob Tuggeners Fabrik, published in Erlenbach Zurich in 1943, is considered to be a milestone in the history of photography books. The series of seventy-two photographs in this Photo Epos of Technology is oriented toward the expressionist aesthetic of the silent movie. It imparts a sceptical view of the destructive potential of unbridled tech nological progress at the time the Swiss military industry was producing weapons for World War II.
Tuggener s uncompromising subjective photography and his critical attitude did not suit his time. Fabrik was not a commercial success the copies were sold at a loss and in part apparently even converted to pulp. Now the work, which has since become a sought-after classic, is being reissued as a reprint with a contemporary afterword.