Franz Roh, Jan Tschichold. Foto-Auge. Stuttgart: Akademischer Verlag Dr. Fritz Wedekind, 1929

Foto-auge (Photo-eye) was one of the most influential publications in the field of the New Photography in the 1920s. Shortly after its appearance it was euphorically celebrated as a ‘culturally pioneering work’, as a ‘collection of disturbingly beautiful pictures’, and as an ‘art history of modern photography’, and it took first place among the fifty most beautiful books of 1929.”

Inka Graeve Inkelmann. "Mechanics and expression: Franz Roh and the New Vision: a historical sketch". Object: Photo, modern photographs 1909-1949 (online). New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2014

Foto-Auge was selected among the winners of the first annual competition for the 'fifty most beautiful books' in 1929, and Tschichold remained proud of its design. In the 1970s he was asked to write a short note about it for a bookseller's catalogue: 'My aim was to make a modest, unpretentious book, which should be beautiful but inexpensive. Above all without a hard binding.' As a way of adding bulk to the book, which consisted of mere 84 pages, he had it bound in Chinese folds (pages of double paper thickness, folded & uncut at the fore-edge), with the paper coated only on the one side to be printed.”

Christopher Burke. Active literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography. London: Hyphen Press, 2007 (p. 107-108)