German photographer associated with the art
movement Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). The archive documents
Renger-Patzsch's professional life, especially his work on book projects and
commissions for industrial firms. It also includes technical details of his
photographic workshop, and provides insight into his artistic views on
photography as an independent art form, and on the aesthetic trends in
photography in economically prosperous postwar Germany.
The German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897 -1966) was born in
Würzburg, Bavaria, and died in Wamel near Soest, Westphalia. Son of amateur
photographer Robert Renger-Patzsch, he learned the techniques of photography
early. Following primary education in Sondeshausen in Thuringia, Albert
Renger-Patzsch attended the renowned Kreuzgymnasium in Dresden. After service
in the German Army between 1916 and 1918, he studied chemistry at the
Technische Hochschule in Dresden from 1919 to 1921.
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boxes, 1 flat file folder)
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