Germany 1897 – 1966
[Sempervivum percarneum (house-leek)] 1922/3 Page: plate 5 in in Die Welt ist schön
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Renger-Patzsch was always firmly committed to the principle of the photograph as a document or record of an object. While the title for his most famous contribution to photography came from his publisher, he wanted his now-iconic 1928 book Die Welt ist schön (The world is beautiful) to be titled simply Die Dinge (Things). In 1937 he wrote that the images in his book, which includes these three photographs, ‘consciously portray the attraction and charm of the surface’. Indeed, the power of these pictures resides in their straightforwardness.
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