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Albert Renger-Patzsch

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1925–1956

Albert Renger-Patzsch (June 22, 1897 – September 27, 1966) was a German photographer associated with the New Objectivity. Renger-Patzsch was born in Würzburg and began making photographs by age twelve. After military service in the First World War he studied chemistry at Dresden Technical College. In the early 1920s he worked as a press photographer for the Chicago Tribune before becoming a freelancer and, in 1925, publishing a book, The choir stalls of Cappenberg. He had his first museum exhibition in 1927.

A second book followed in 1928, Die Welt ist schön (The World is Beautiful). This, his best-known book, is a collection of one hundred of his photographs in which natural forms, industrial subjects and mass-produced objects are presented with the clarity of scientific illustrations. The book’s title was chosen by his publisher; Renger-Patzsch’s preferred title for the collection was Die Dinge (“Things”).

In its sharply focused and matter-of-fact style his work exemplifies the esthetic of The New Objectivity that flourished in the arts in Germany during the Weimar Republic. Like Edward Weston in the United States, Renger-Patzsch believed that the value of photography was in its ability to reproduce the texture of reality, and to represent the essence of an object. He wrote: “The secret of a good photograph—which, like a work of art, can have esthetic qualities—is its realism … Let us therefore leave art to artists and endeavor to create, with the means peculiar to photography and without borrowing from art, photographs which will last because of their photographic qualities.”

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Zeche "Katharina", Essen, 1956
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Eiserne Hand, Essen, 1929
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Hohenburgstr. am Bahndamn des Bahnhof Essen, 1930
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Kraftwerk, Alte Verwaltung (Ruhrchemie Aktiengesellschaft, Oberhausen-Holten), c.1938
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Kauper, Hochofenwerk Herrenwyk, Lübeck, 1927
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Zeche "Victoria Mathias", Essen, 1929
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Zeche "Heinrich- Robert", Turmförderung, Pelkum bei Hamm, 1951
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Ein Knotenpunkt der Fachwerkbrücke Duisburg-Hochfeld, 1928
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Kohlenturm von unten gesehen, 1925
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Zeche "Germania", Dortmund-Marten, 1953–1954
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Zeche "Graf Moltke", Gelsenkirchen-Gladbeck, 1952–1953
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An der Ruhrmündung bei Duisburg, 1929–1930
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Winterlandschaft mit Zeche Pluto in Wanne-Eickel, 1929
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Zeche "Katharina", Schacht Ernst Tengelmann, Essen-Kray, 1955–1956
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Location: Germany

Text: Wikipedia


Posted: August 2019
Category: Photography

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