Albert Renger-Patzch

Albert Renger-Patzsch was a German photographer associated with the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). Renger-Patzsch was born in Würzburg and began making photographs by the age of 12. 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. A second book followed in 1928, Die Welt ist schön (The World is Beautiful). This is his best-known book and 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. 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 it’s 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.” 

Schmied 1978, p. 86.


© Albert Renger-Patzch


© Albert Renger-Patzch

These images are reminiscent to those that were created by Bernd & Hilla Becher, in the way that they capture architecture and buildings within the landscapes. Again, these images give me more inspiration when thinking about the possible landscapes and architecture that could be included within my own set of images. These images have a lovely quality to them and seem to be rich in texture, I believe that this is due to the fact that they were shot on film.


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