It was not long before Der Stern, the magazine founded by Henri Nannen in August 1948, had its first photo scandal. The catalyst for this was Heinrich Heidersberger’s five-part photo series Kleid aus Licht (Dress of Light), which appeared in November 1949. An indignant letter to the editor matter-of-factly summed things up with the following: “a series of nude photographs only barely stripped of their magazine character by grids and patterns placed in front of the lens.” Such revealing photographs, however, were not appropriate for a magazine in view of its “responsibility to public morals.” In his series of images, for which Heidersberger used a “light cannon” he had constructed himself from a saucepan to project hole and slat patterns onto the bare skin of a female nude, the photographer skillfully alternates between erotic photography and photographic experimentation. The resulting graphic patterns followed the shapes and contours of the female body, dressing it with light and shadow in ways previously unseen. An act of mimicry—in staid postwar Germany, too much of a nude.