Physician. Popular science writer. Creative Director. Educator. Humanist. Visionary. Polymath.
Fritz Kahn combined industrial and mechanical functionality with the working wonders of the human body. Fritz Kahn was a genius who’s work laid undiscovered for many years. Until a curious curator Uta Von Debschnitz unearthed them.
Kahn was a prominent Berliner who did well for himself during the period between WWI and WWII. As a trained medical practitioner and microbiologist, he was fascinated by medical illustration as a communication medium for explaining medicine to laypeople. He was excited by the complex possibilities of the human body. From his own studio he guided a team of illustrators and produced surreal and timeless illustrations that intersected between medical and industrial perspectives.
Kahn was outspoken about Fascism and growing Nazi unrest in the period before WWII. Consequently Kahn’s work was burned and vanished during this period and his reputation as a titan of medical illustration vanished along with it.
That was until the past decade, when art enthusiasts and siblings Uta and Thilo von Debschnitz collated a landmark collection of Kahn’s work for publisher Taschen. Suddenly the world rediscovered the magic of Fritz Kahn, the godfather of infographics and medical illustration. Find out more about the von Debschnitz book and the great man himself.