© Jennilee Marigomen

Literally meaning “back figure”, the term rückenfigur is usually associated with German romantic painters, such as Caspar David Friedrich, to describe a viewpoint that includes another person seen from behind, viewing a scene spread out before the viewer.

Over the years this particular technique has found its way quite substantially into the heart of both photography and cinema, but strangely receives little acknowledgment in either. (via flickr)

LPV Rückenfigur

Contributors(in order from left to right): Sylvain-Emmanuel Prieur, Matthew Genitempo, Anthony Earl Smith, Pablo Albacete, Jennilee Marigomen, Linn Heidi Stokkedal, Will Govus, Nemanja Knezevic, Luke Byrne

  • http://timwhite.is/ Tim White

    Maybe the next post could thematize taxidermy, or nosebleeds. I kid.

  • http://bryanformhals.com/ Bryan Formhals

    “This trope is everywhere.”

    That’s why we did this post. I have a tendency to make sarcastic remarks about these type of photographs because they are everywhere.

    And after I made one such remark, Marc Feustal of eyecurious replied that there’s actually a name for them…Ruckenfigur.


    So we decided to play with it, and do this feature. Perhaps too much of an inside joke :)

  • http://timwhite.is/ Tim White

    “Little acknowledgement”? This trope is everywhere.