25 August 2018

Photo by Rembrandt

Besides the famous Amsterdam painter, there also used to be an interesting German photo studio called Atelier Rembrandt. Under this name, the photographers Else and Alfred Cohn created the stills for stage productions and some classic German silent films of the 1910s and 1920s. Their star portraits are likewise exquisite and were reproduced on many film star postcards at the time. Atelier Rembrandt was located at Brückenstrasse 6 b, near the Jannowitzbrücke in Berlin and was active between 1911 and 1936

Emil Jannings and Henny Porten in Anna Boleyn (1920)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, Berlin, no. 645/3, 1919-1924. Photo: Union Film. Emil Jannings as the British King Henry VIII and Henny Porten as Anna Boleyn in Anna Boleyn (1920) by Ernst Lubitsch.

Paul Wegener
German postcard by Photochemie, Berlin, no. K. 3338. Photo: Rembrandt. Probably a publicity still for Der verlorene Schatten/The Lost Shadow (Rochus Gliese, 1921) in which Paul Wegener played Sebaldus, der Stadtmusikant (the city musician).

Carl Clewing in Weh dem der lügt!
German postcard by Verlag Herm. Leiser, no. 6120. Photo: Atelier Rembrandt, Berlin-Charlottenburg. Publicity still for a stage production of Weg dem, der lügt! by Franz Grillparzer with Carl Clewing in the role of Leon, the kitchen help.

Helene Thimig
Helene Thimig. German postcard by Verlag Herm. Leiser, Berlin-Wilm., no. 6895. Photo: Rembrandt Atelier.

Albert Paulig
Albert Paulig. German postcard, no. 9434. Photo: Atelier Rembrandt.

Maria Orska in Erdgeist (1916)
German postcard by Verlag Hermann Leiser, Berlin-Wilm., no. 9696. Photo: Rembrandt Arelier. Maria Orska in her role as Lulu in the stage play Erdgeist (Earth Spirit) by Franz Wedekind directed in 1916 by Max Reinhardt.

Henny Porten in Anna Boleyn (1920)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, Berlin, no. 401/4, 1919-1924. Photo: Rembrandt Phot. / Messter Film, Berlin. Publicity still for Anna Boleyn (Ernst Lubitsch, 1920) with Henny Porten.

Lyda Salmonova
Lyda Salmonova. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 403/3, 1919-1924. Photo: Rembrandt phot. Collection: Didier Hanson.

Pola Negri
Pola Negri. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 407/1, 1919-1924. Photo: Rembrandt Phot.

Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 415/1, 1919-1924. Photo: Rembrandt.

Harry Piel
Harry Piel. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 456/1, 1919-1924. Photo: Rembrandt.

Henny Porten in Der Kaufmann von Venedig (1923)
German postcard iby Ross Verlag, no. 658/7. Photo: Rembrandt / Peter Paul Felner-Film Co. Publicity still for Der Kaufmann von Venedig/The Merchant of Venice (Peter Paul Felner, 1923) with Henny Porten.

Harry Liedtke in Der Kaufmann von Venedig (1923)
German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 659/2, 1919-1924. Photo: Rembrandt / Peter Paul Felner Film Co. Publicity still for Der Kaufmann von Venedig/The Merchant Of Venice (Peter Paul Felner, 1923) with Harry Liedtke.

Carlo Aldini
Italian actor Carlo Aldini imitating Myron's discus thrower. German postcard by Ross Verlag, no. 858/4, 1925-1926. Photo: Phoebus Film / Rembrandt.

Grete Mosheim
Grete Mosheim. German postcard by Verlag Ross, Berlin, no. 3162/1, 1928-1929. Photo: Atelier Rembrandt, Berlin.

Source: Lexicon der fotografen (German).
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