John Gutmann was born in 1905 in Breslau, Germany (now Poland, since 1945). In 1927 he moved to Berlin, where he lived and worked until 1934. Being a Jewish, he then had to flee from Germany (to San Francisco), also because he soon acknowledged that the national-socialists were not tolerating any artistic expression outside the party’s line. In the United States, Gutmann started a new chapter in his career as a creative photographer and a teacher. He died in San Francisco in 1998.
The Jose Guerrero Center, in Granada (Spain), is presenting, until the April 3, an exhibition of John Gutmann’s photographs, produced by the Center for Creative Photography, in Arizona, where the full archive of his work is located.
Carlos Miguel Fernandes