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Albert Renger-Patzsch

November 7, 2011

"Of Trees and Rocks" is the new exhibition showcasing the late New Objectivity photography icon

  • Text by Lea Rieck

Albert Renger-Patzsch is today seen as the most influential proponent of New Objectivity photography. The exhibition “Of Trees and Rocks – Albert Renger-Patzsch and Ernst Jühttp://www.satellitevoices.com/Post/Edit/1707nger” at the Pinakothek der Moderne presents around 30 original photographs by Albert Renger-Patzsch, as well as the historic photobooks and a selection from his correspondence with the author.

Albert Renger-Patzsch’s exploration of nature as a motif is a phenomenon in every stage of his work. Even within the early times of his his photographic career the photographer used the theme of nature to try out his technical skills, and in doing so ultimately developed the kind of photographic repertoire for which he continues to be known today: truncated images, extreme sharpness and a particular focus on surface qualities.

The work series, “Bäume” and “Gestein” are an unbroken reflection of these characteristics, even though the dynamism of his early photographs gives way to a more static visual style in the late work. The viewer’s gaze is now steered away from the single, visually dense image to a series of images taken of the same circle of motifs.

Of Trees and Rocks runs to February 26 2012 at Pinakothek der Moderne @

Barer Straße 40, 80333

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