Albert RENGER-PATZSCH, Chimney seen from below, Herrenwyk Blast Furnace Works, Lübeck Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1897 – 1966

Chimney seen from below, Herrenwyk Blast Furnace Works, Lübeck [Titled Kauper, von unten gesehen. Hochofenwerk. Herrenwyk. Also titled Blast-furnace] 1928 Page: plate 91 in Die Welt ist schön.
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 22.8 h x 16.8 w cm sheet 23.1 h x 17.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.168

Die Welt ist Schön, which was published in 1928, is Renger-Patzsch’s best-known book and its influence on other photographers was profound. Renger-Patzsch photographed the natural world—plants, landscapes, animals and people—as well as the manmade—architecture, utilitarian objects and industry. Technology and mass production was hailed by Renger-Patzsch as the purveyor of a new order of beauty in the modern world and he sought to find and express its essence photographically. He worked hard to find the best and most effective way to do this, consistently employing the same sharply focused and matter-of-fact approach.

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