In Aktstrakt, photographer Karl Lagerfeld deals with the topic "Form". In doing so, he takes the liberty of broadening, in the Beuysian sense, the concept of art, including man's physicality. The strictly thought-out study Aktstrakt, consisting of only 13 photo plates, formally takes up the tradition of Bauhaus photography. The design and production of the book rigorously follow traditional rules: the photographs, varnish-sealed in the costly tritone process, were printed on Phoenixmotion-Xantur paper. The book block was laid out as Japanese brochure, cased in a cloth binding with a two-color brass-stamped plate.
Karl Lagerfeld, born in Hamburg in 1938, has applied himself - in addition to his work in fashion - to photography for many years. In 1996 he received the Culture Award of the German Photographic Society. Though his work is shown in many museums, the essential part of it is revealed in books that Lagerfeld conceives and designs himself.