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German photographer Herbert List was fascinated with the classical world, art and the human form. Under the dual influence of the surrealist movement and of Bauhaus artists, List pursued form and composition with a singular attention to detail, however he was equally gifted when faced with a sudden photo opportunity. "The pictures I took spontaneously - with a bliss-like sensation, as if they had long inhabited my unconscious - were often more powerful than those I had painstakingly composed. I grasped their magic as in passing."