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INVENTORY OF THE NEKES COLLECTION OF OPTICAL DEVICES, PRINTS, AND GAMES, 1700-1996, bulk 1740-1920
93.R.118  
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Description
German filmmaker. The collection charts the nature of visual perception in modern European culture at a time when pre-cinema objects evolved from instruments of natural magic to devices for entertainment. Most of the items date from the mid-18th century to the early 20th century.
Background
Already a collector in his early childhood, Werner Nekes turned his interest to film and cinema history when he reached his twenties. While he was a student of linguistic philology and psychology in Freiburg and Bonn in the mid-1960s he worked on his first film. Between 1969 and 1972 he taught at the Academy of Visual Arts in Hamburg.
Extent
45 linear feet (75 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
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Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers.