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Troops and civilians are joining the sailors in revolt in Berlin. This picture shows a demonstration in front of the Reichstag., January 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.167

Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Revolt spreads in Berlin! Troops and civilians are joining the sailors in revolt in Berlin, and the government’s position is becoming more dangerous. The Reds are shooting down opponents in the street. Royal German troops are now being rushed in to save the Capitol. This picture shows one of these demonstrations in front of the Reichstag.

The Spartacist uprising (also known as the January Uprising / Januaraufstand), was a general strike in Berlin from January 5 - 12, 1919. The strike included armed battles. Germany was in the middle of a post-war revolution, and two of the perceived paths forward were social democracy and a similar council republic. The uprising was primarily a power struggle between the moderate Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) led by Friedrich Ebert, and the radical communists of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD), led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg. Liebknecht and Luxemburg had previously founded and led the Spartacist League (Spartakusbund). The revolt was improvised and on a small-scale, and it was quickly crushed by the superior firepower of government troops.

Credited in plate with typeset credit and title on label affixed to verso.

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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