In 1976, Dieter Hacker and Andreas Selzer founded the “VOLKSFOTO – Zeitung für Fotografie” (Journal for Photography). Over six issues, amateur photography was discussed with the inclusion of guest contributors. The individual issues of the journal dealt with subject matter such as photographs of children, erotic photography, political photography and the limits of photography.
Here is an excerpt from the introductory text entitled “Der unsichtbare Berg“ (The Invisible Mountain) that appeared in the first issue of the VOLKSFOTO (1976):
With VOLKSFOTO, we would like to record examples of this production (of amateur photography, editor’s note). We would like to make the invisible mountain of non-professional photographs more evident and contrast its approaches and possibilities for development with a visible body of professional photography that uses motifs and equipment purely at the service of representative or decorative purposes. With this journal, we would like to publish the first observations in a field that, even if acknowledged, largely precluded itself from an enduring, enquiring interest because it was too intimate and too directly involved with our everyday lives. Dieter Hacker/Andreas Selzer
Dieter Hacker, born 1942, lives and works in Berlin
1990-2007 he was Professor at the University of the Arts, Berlin