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Hilde Lotz-Bauer
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Hilde Lotz-Bauer orre degli Albizi with Torre dei Donati to the left

 

By Robbie Griffiths

This may be a peculiar place to wax lyrical over a database, but it is an indispensable tool to record, and then more importantly, intelligently extract information. The 'form' above shows the information we have recorded about the images in the possession of the Lotz family. And here's some information that it has revealed:

The regions in Italy captured by Hilde

Region
Total
Toscana (Tuscany)
401
Abruzzo
45
Latium (Lazio)
33
Sicilia (Sicily)
12
Campania
7
Umbria
3
Marche
3
Puglia (Apulia)
1
Emilia-Romagna
1
Total      
506

The locations (cities, towns) where Hilde photographed

Location
Total
Florence
379
Scanno
36
Rome
24
Palermo
7
England
5
Terracina
5
Paris
4
Naples
4
Monte Velino
4
Capri
3
Ascoli Piceno
3
Enna
3
L'Aquila
3
Assisi
3
Sicily
2
Crete Senesi
2
Lanuvio
2
Pistoia
2
Greve in Chianti
2
Sabina
2
Siena
1
Bologna
1
Subiaco
1
Monte Soracte
1
Total
499

What the images show

Category
Total
Florence exhibition
Street scene
147
25
Courtyard/Cloister/Portico
74
26
Sculpture/Statue
60
12
Church
53
25
Palace
50
19
Rural
36
Bridge
32
10
Landscape
27
2
Panorama
23
4
Garden/Villa
23
6
Postcard
22
Hilde
21
Person
13
Family
11
Market
10
Harbour
8
City gate/Wall
8
4
Steps
7
2
Sport
4
Document
4
Tower
4
2
Animals
3
Flowers
1
Other building
1
1
Total
642
138

This reveals that there were probably 138 photographs in the exhibition in Florence's Palazzo Strozzi in 1977.

The type of paper that Hilde printed on

Paper
Total
Agfa Brovira
106
Agfa Lupex
67
Nannini Roma
42
Gevaert Ridax
32
Agfa
19
Mimosa Sunotyp
7
Leonar
5
Kodak
1
Total
279

Most of these papers were only available before and during the war and a close examination of the logo gives an indication of when they were made. You can find out more about the logos revealed in the watermarks on the back of the photos here.

And the bad news...

But the database also reveals what is missing – the information we have not yet managed to glean about these photos.

As of today we have scanned 642 images, with over 100 still to go. But if you look at the totals of the fields recorded above you will see that we still need to record the following details:

Updated 26 April 2020

 

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