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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical / Historial Note
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Albert Renger-Patzsch papers
    Date (inclusive): 1890-1980 (bulk 1924-1966)
    Number: 861187
    Creator/Collector: Renger-Patzsch, Albert
    Physical Description: 12 Linear Feet (23 boxes, 1 flat file folder)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    Abstract: 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.
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    Language: Collection material is in German

    Biographical / Historial Note

    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.
    His professional career as a photographer began in the early 1920s at the Folkwang Verlag in Essen, and at the Folkwang and Auriga Archiv in Hagen, where he was the head of photographic services. In 1923, he served as head of a photographic service agency in Berlin. In that same year, he married Agnes von Braunschweig and moved briefly to Kronstadt (Brasov) in Romania. His daughter Sabine was born in 1924, his son Ernst Normann in 1926. In 1924 Renger-Patzsch returned briefly to Darmstadt to work at the Auriga Verlag, the successor of the Folkwang Verlag. In 1925 he left the Auriga Verlag to become a freelance photographer, joined the Deutscher Werkbund, and moved with his family to Bad Harzburg, near Braunschweig. His first exhibition was mounted in his studio.
    Between 1924 and 1937, Renger-Patzsch collaborated on several book projects, including the series Die Welt der Pflanze, conceived by Ernst Fuhrmann (volumes Crassula and Orchideen, both 1924). Other project partners included Rudolf Schwarz ( Wegweisung der Technik, 1928), Carl Georg Heise ( Lübeck, 1928), and the Auriga Verlag ( Das Chorgestühl von Kappenberg, 1925). His influential book Die Welt ist schön appeared in 1928, published by Kurt Wolff Verlag in Munich; the Einhorn Verlag edition followed in the same year. In 1927, Carl Georg Heise organized an exhibition of Renger-Patzsch's photographic work at the Behnhaus in Lübeck. In 1928, Renger-Patzsch participated in the exhibition Kunst und Technik at the Museum Folkwang in Essen; he also held two individual exhibitions, one at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Zurich and another at the Grafisches Kabinett in Munich.
    In 1929 Renger-Patzsch moved with his family to Essen, where he had a studio and office at the Museum Folkwang. During this time he worked intensively with the industrial architect Fritz Schupp, and made architectural photographs for the architect and director of the Kunstgewerbeschule Aachen, Rudolf Schwarz. The first retrospective exhibition of his work took place in 1931 at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. His industrial photographs, published in the book Eisen und Stahl (1931), won a silver medal at the Milan Triennale in 1933. During 1933, Renger-Patzsch lectured at the Folkwang School in Essen, and took over the chair of photography from Max Burchartz.
    Between 1938 and 1940, Renger-Patzsch received his first commissions from the chemical concern C. H. Boehringer Sohn in Ingelheim: Hospitalbauten in Europa aus zehn Jahrhunderten (first issued in 1967), a book about hospital buildings in Europe with text by Dankwart Leistikow, and Historische Apotheken Deutschlands (year of issue unknown), a book about historical pharmacies. During the years 1941 to 1944, Renger-Patzsch worked on the book projects Paderborn (first issued in 1949) and Land am Oberrhein (appearing in 1944 in small edition). In 1943, he was commissioned by the Todt Organization to take pictures of the Western defences of the German forces in Normandy and Brittany. A large part of Renger-Patzsch's archive in the Museum Folkwang was destroyed during an air raid on Essen in 1944. Shortly afterwards Renger-Patzsch moved with his family to Wamel on the Möhnesee, near Soest, where he lived for the remainder of his life.
    Beständinge Welt, a small volume with landscape photographs with text by Helene Henze, initiated his post-war work in 1947. The year 1949 marked the start of long-term commission work for the firm Schubert & Salzer, a spinning machine manufacturer in Ingolstadt, as well as the continuation of work begun in 1932 for the glass manufacturer Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen., and the firm C. H. Boehringer Sohn in Ingelheim. He also undertook commissions for the architects Fritz Schupp in Essen and Hans Schwippert in Düsseldorf. The Siepman Werke in Belecke commissioned Renger-Patzsch to produce two publications: Bilder aus der Landschaft zwischen Ruhr und Möhne (1957) and Bauten zwischen Ruhr und Möhne (1959). During the 1950s and 1960s Renger-Patzsch collaborated with the publisher Mocker & Jahn in Soest on the book projects Schloss Cappenberg (1953) and Soest (1963); he received commissions from numerous industrial companies in Germany. He also traveled throughout Europe, with several trips to Italy for the book project Hohenstaufenburgen in Süditalien (1961). This book, with text by Hanno Hahn, was commissioned by the firm C. H. Boehringer Sohn, which also commissioned the books Bäume (1962) and Gestein (1966), both with text by Ernst Jünger. A professional relationship developed between Renger-Patzsch and the German dendrologist Wolfgang Haber, who accompanied Renger-Patzsch on his trips to Italy and wrote texts for Im Wald (1965) and Bäume.
    During the postwar years Renger-Patsch lectured on photography throughout Germany. His photographic work was recognized and awarded. In 1957, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner honored Renger-Patzsch with the David Octavius Hill Medal. In 1960, he received the prestigious culture prize of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie. In 1961, he received a gold medal from the Photographische Gesellschaft Wien for his life's work. In 1963, the television station Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne broadcast the documentary Portrait of the Photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch. In 1965, the Minister of Culture awarded to Renger-Patzsch the North Rhine-Westphalia state prize for artistic achievement. Also in 1965, the German photographer Lotte Jacobi showed Renger-Patzsch's photographs in her gallery in Deering, New Hampshire, and the Art Institute of Chicago included his works in its annual photography exhibition.
    Albert Renger-Patzsch died on September 27, 1966 in Wamel. In December of that year, a memorial exhibition was mounted in the Ruhrland- und Heimatmuseum in Essen. In 1970 and 1971, commemorative exhibitions were held in Bremen and Hamburg.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Albert Renger-Patzsch papers, 1924-1966, Accession no. 861187, Getty Research Institute, Research Library.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa861187

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the repository in 1986.

    Processing History

    Isabella Zuralski processed the collection and wrote the finding aid.

    Alternate Form Available

    Pre-war press clippings filed within Series V.A. are available on microfiche.

    Related Archival Materials

    Albert Renger-Patzsch correspondence and poem, 1918-1948, Accession no. 2006.M.25.
    Correspondence between Albert and Agnes Renger-Patzsch and Hugo Hertwig, and letters from Albert Renger-Patzsch to Martha Buttmann and her son Walter.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The archive documents Albert Renger-Patzsch's professional life and provides detailed information about his business-related activities, especially his work on book projects and private commissions for industrial firms. It also allows insight into his artistic views on photography and the technical details of his photographic workshop. A small portion of the archive consists of personal documents and family correspondence. Almost all items are in German; most are typescripts, or carbon copies of typescripts, especially letters by Albert Renger-Patzsch. Relatively few are in old German handwriting.
    The main portion of the archive consists of post-war correspondence between Renger-Patzsch and numerous institutions, industrial firms, and individual correspondents. A relatively small part of the correspondence dates from the time before the war. Set apart is the predominantly business-related correspondence of Renger-Patzsch's widow Agnes and his son Ernst, and the personal correspondence of Albert Renger-Patzsch, mainly letters from his mother Frieda and other relatives. Two separate groups of correspondence are organized by topic.
    Another significant portion of the archive presents ca. 30 drafts of mostly unpublished lectures and articles about photography by Albert Renger-Patzsch.
    A large number of ephemeral publications, newspaper clippings and offprints related to Albert Renger-Patzsch provides information about the scope and reception of his photographic work before and after the war, his book projects, exhibitions, and other professional activities. Also included are a small number of personal documents related to Albert Renger-Patzsch and his family, a few portrait photographs taken by his daughter Sabine, poems by unknown authors, and business-related bills and receipts.
    The archive includes several drafts of book texts by other authors: both texts about Renger-Patzsch and texts written to accompany Renger-Patzsch's books of photographs. Also in the archive are drafts of texts unrelated to Albert Renger-Patzsch, including 9 unpublished texts by the German ecologist Hugo Hertwig.

    Arrangement

    The papers are organized in 9 series: Series I. Correspondence, 1924-1966; Series II. Family and personal correspondence, 1924-1977; Series III. Correspondence by topic,1952-1967; Series IV. Writings by Albert Renger-Patzsch, 1954-1958,undated; Series V. Ephemera, 1927-1980; Series VI. Personal papers, 1890-1974; Series VII. Bills and receipts, 1930, 1962-1967; Series VIII. Manuscripts related to Albert Renger-Patzsch, 1927-1967, undated; Series IX. Texts unrelated to Albert Renger-Patzsch, 1922-1928, undated.
    Unidentified items are filed at the end of each series. Oversize items from various series are filed in Box 24*.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Zglinicki, Friedrich Pruss von
    Woytinsky, Wladimir S.
    Wigman, Mary
    Weinert, August
    Walther, Pan
    Vogelsang, Marianne
    Virl, Hermann
    Tümpel, Wolfgang
    Treskow, Elisabeth
    Steinert, Otto
    Stenger, Erich
    Steffen, Dieter
    Smith, Ronald Gregor
    Smith, K. Gregor
    Schwippert, Hans
    Schwarz, Rudolf
    Schoy, Frida
    Schneider, Karl
    Sander, August
    Renger-Patzsch, Albert
    Portman, Adolf
    Greischel, Walther
    Gosebruch, Ernst
    Gernsheim, Helmut
    Heise, Carl Georg
    Hallensleben, Ruth
    Gurlitt, Hildebrand
    Gruber, L. Fritz
    Hill, David Octavius
    Holzmeister, Gunda
    Hesse, Ninon
    Hertwig, Hugo
    Hesse, Hermann
    Jancke, Rudolf
    Jacobi, Lotte
    Klipstein, Editha
    Krauss, Friedrich Emil
    Kozma, Lajos
    Jünger, Ernst
    Kerff, Gerhard
    Kükelhaus, Hugo
    Mahlau, Alfred
    Moegle, Willi
    Moholy-Nagy, László
    Mardersteig, Giovanni
    Masclet, Daniel
    Oliveira, Jaap d'
    Padberg, Magdalena
    Arapoff, Cyril
    Barth, Emil
    Brandt, Bill
    Erfurth, Hugo
    Fohn, Emanuel
    Freckmann, Karl
    Friedmann, Hermann
    Fuhrmann, Ernst
    Fürst, Viktor

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Verlag Herder
    Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner
    Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen.
    Museum Folkwang Essen
    C.H. Boehringer Sohn
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie
    Deutsche Spiegelglas A.G.
    Deutscher Spinnereimaschinenbau Ingolstadt

    Subjects - Titles

    Verbindungsstelle Landwirtschaft-Industrie (Essen, Germany) Popular Photography (Milan, Italy) Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung Photoblätter International Photo-and Cine Exhibition Photography Year Book Photo-Magazin (Munich, Germany) Westfalenspiegel Grubenlampe Foto Prisma

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs, Original
    Photographic prints
    Letters (correspondence)
    Lectures

    Contributors

    Wunder, Franz
    Wulf, Friedrich
    Wolf, Gustav
    Werkstätten J. Dickerhoff
    Wapnewski, Peter
    Walker, Audrey
    Wahl, Victor
    Wackernagel, Martin
    Völckers, Otto
    Trump, Georg
    Toller, Ernst
    Sydslesvigs danske kunstforening
    Thorn Prikker, Johan
    Sternberger, Dolf
    Strelow, Liselotte
    Steichen, Edward
    Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
    Steffann, Emil
    Schütz-Wolff, Johanna
    Schöppe, Wilhelm
    Schwarz, Heinrich
    Schupp, F. (Fritz)
    Schott, Erich
    Schneider-Esleben, Paul
    Schumacher, Fritz
    Schmoll gen. Eisenwerth, J. Adolf
    Schlensker, Ernst
    Schneider, P. F.
    Russell, Peter
    Schaeffer-Heyrothsberge, Paul
    Scheven, Ilsemarie von
    Riedel & Co. (Bielefeld, Germany)
    Riewerts, Theodor
    Roh, Franz
    Rothert, Liebetraut
    Redslob, Edwin
    Renger-Patzsch, Albert
    Richter, Max
    Pieper, Paul
    Presswerk AG
    Pécsi, Józef
    Gross, Else R.
    Gosebruch, Ernst
    Gropius, Walter
    Greischel, Walther
    Freckmann, Karl
    Fuhrmann, Ernst
    Goldberg, Rube
    Hertwig, Hugo
    Goerttler, Kurt
    Heise, Carl Georg
    Gurlitt, Hildebrand
    Gruber, L. Fritz
    Jancke, Rudolf
    Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen.
    Hans Peters Verlag
    Jacobi, Lotte
    Holzmeister, Gunda
    Haber, Wolfgang
    Krauss, Friedrich Emil
    Klipstein, Editha
    Gundermann, Leo
    Kerff, Gerhard
    Jünger, Ernst
    Heyer, Gustav Richard
    Arapoff, Cyril
    C.H. Boehringer Sohn
    Helfferich, Daan
    Henze, Helene
    Barth, Emil
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie
    Johannsen, Johann
    Deutscher Spinnereimaschinenbau Ingolstadt
    Jaenisch, Hans
    Brandt, Bill
    Deutsche Spiegelglas A.G.
    Gernsheim, Helmut
    Fürst, Viktor
    Hoppé, E. O. (Emil Otto)
    Erfurth, Hugo
    Huch, Ricarda Octavia
    Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner
    Kotthoff, August
    Kempe, Fritz
    Klingender, F. D. (Francis Donald)
    Lichnowsky, Mechtilde
    Lissitzky, El
    Kreutter, Wolfgang
    Kreusch, Felix
    Kösters, Bernd
    Krupp Stahl AG. Werk (Rheinhausen, Duisburg, Germany)
    Mattaei, Leni
    Meyer, Peter
    Mann, Thomas
    Marcks, Gerhard
    Photo ciné club du Val de Bièvre
    Photographische Gesellschaft in Wien
    Molzahn, Johannes
    Museum für Photographie (Dresden, Germany)
    Obpacher Kunstverlag
    Bartning, Otto
    Boje, Walter
    Behrens, Peter
    Bourdeau, Robert
    Botzenhart, Prof. Dr.
    Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft
    Deutsche Bibliothek (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) Sammlung Buchkunst
    Deutscher Kunstverlag
    Deutscher Werkbund Berlin
    Dr. Karl Thomae GmbH
    Ehmke, Rainer
    Essener Steinkohlenbergwerke
    Fagus-Werk (Alfeld, Lower Saxony, Germany)
    Focal Press
    Wigman, Mary
    Woytinsky, Wladimir S.
    Zglinicki, Friedrich Pruss von
    Smith, Käthe
    Vogelsang, Marianne
    Tümpel, Wolfgang
    Weinert, August
    Virl, Hermann
    Hartlaub, Gustav Friedrich
    Schwarz, Rudolf
    Schwippert, Hans
    Steinert, Otto
    Steffen, Dieter
    Museum Folkwang Essen
    Moholy-Nagy, László
    Padberg, Magdalena
    Oliveira, Jaap d'
    Mahlau, Alfred
    Kozma, Lajos
    Mardersteig, Giovanni
    Masclet, Daniel

    Bibliography

    List of books by Albert Renger-Patzsch, and other books illustrated with his photographs, discussed or mentioned in the archive. Arranged chronologically. Fuhrmann, Ernst. Reich der Inka, in: Kulturen der Erde. Bilderwerke. Hagen : Folkwang-Verlag, 1922. Fuhrmann, Ernst. Peru II, in: Kulturen der Erde. Bilderwerke. Hagen : Folkwang-Verlag, 1922. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Das Chorgestühl von Kappenberg. Berlin : Auriga-Verlag, 1925. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Die Halligen. Berlin : Albertus, 1927. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Lübeck. Berlin : E. Wasmuth, 1928. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Die Welt ist schön. München : K. Wolff, 1928. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Die Welt ist schön. München : Einhorn, 1928. Schwarz, Rudolf. Wegweisung der Technik. Potsdam : Müller & Kiepenheuer Verlag, 1928- Günther, Hanns. Technische Schönheit. Zürich : Orell Füssli, 1929. Koelsch, Adolf. Hände und was sie sagen. Zürich : Orell Füssli, 1929. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Hamburg. Hamburg : Gebrüder Enoch, 1930. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Norddeutsche Backsteindome. Berlin : Deutscher Kunstverlag, 1930. Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen. Jenaer Glas für Laboratorien. Jena : Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen., 1937. Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen. Jena laboratory glassware. Jena : Jenaer Glaswerk Schott & Gen., 1937. Fuhrmann, Ernst. Das Wunder der Pflanze. Starnberg am See : Oeser, 1938. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Paderborn. Paderborn : Ferdinand Schöningh, 1949. Müller, Otto. Der Dom zu Aachen. Königstein im Taunus : Verlag Karl Robert Langewiesche, 1950? Henze, Helene. Rund um den Möhnesee. Soest : Mocker & Jahn, 1951. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Lob des Rheingaus. Ingelheim am Rhein : C.H. Boehringer, 1953. Botzenhart. Schloss Cappenberg. Soest : Mocker & Jahn, 1953. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Bilder aus dem Erzgebirge: Berge, Wälder und Felder. Radebeul : Imago Strahlbild, 1953-1957. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Bilder aus dem Erzgebirge: Dörfer und Städte. Radebeul : Imago Strahlbild, 1953-1957. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Höxter und Corvey. Soest : Mocker & Jahn, 1954. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Villa Hügel. Essen : Krupp AG, 1954. Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. WAZ Ein Druk- und Verlagshaus im Ruhrgebiet. Essen : WAZ -Druck, 1954. Westfalen, schaffendes Land. Oldenburg : G. Stalling AG, 1955. Schnack, Friedrich. Dresden wie es wurde und war. München : Knorr & Hirth, 1956. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Deutsche Wasserburgen. Königstein im Taunus : Langewiesche, 1957. Bilder aus der Landschaft zwischen Ruhr und Möhne. Belecke (Möhne) : Siepmann-Werke AG,1957. Schwartz, Hubertus. Soest. Soest : Mocker & Jahn, 1957. Fischer, Wend. Bau, Raum, Gerät. München : R. Riper, 1957. Schubert & Salzer Maschinenfabrik A.-G., Ingolstadt. 75 Jahre Textilmaschinenbau, das Porträt eines Industriebetriebes. Ingolstadt : Schubert & Salzer Machinenfabrik A.-G., 1958. Koch, Alexander. Restaurants, cafés, bars. Stuttgart : A. Koch, 1959. Meier, Michael. Oberrhein: Elsass, Breisgau, Ortenau. München : Deutscher Kunstverlag, 1959. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Hohenstaufenburgen in Süditalien. Ingelheim am Rhein : C.H. Boehringer, 1961. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Bäume. Ingelheim am Rhein : C.H. Boehringer, 1962. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Im Wald, Aufnahmen aus dem Naturpark Arnsberger Wald. Wamel-Möhnesee : Druckwerkstatt Hermann Kätelhön, 1965. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. Gestein. Ingelheim am Rhein : C.H. Boehringer, 1966. Müller, Otto. Der Dom zu Aachen. Königstein im Taunus : Karl Robert Langewiesche Nachfolger Hans Köster, 1966? Leistikow, Dankwart. Hospitalbauten in Europa aus zehn Jahrhunderten. Ingelheim am Rhein : C.H. Boehringer, 1967. List of photocopies of articles by or about Albert Renger-Patzsch available in the Getty Research Library's research files. Arranged chronologically. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. "My philosophy on photography, in: Photorama, international review of photography." Morstel-Antwerp : Geavert, 1958. October 1958, p. 626-632. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. "Versuch einer Einordnung der Photographie," in: Schrift 6 der Folkwangschule für Gestaltung Essen. München : Prestel Verlag, 1958. Lecture held on Jan. 27, 1956 at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Breisgau. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. "Versuch einer Einordnung der Photographie," in: Veröffentlichungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie. Köln : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, 1960. 4. Heft, Dezember 1960, p. 3-8. Renger-Patzsch, Albert. "Over de grenzen der fotografie," in: Foto : universeel tijdschrift voor fotografie. Antwerp, Netherlands : C. Misset, 1961. August 1961, p. 396-401. Kempe, Fritz. "Der Vater der modernen Fotografie: über Albert Renger-Patzsch," in: Foto Prisma. Düsseldorf : K. Knapp, 1964. Heft 9, September 1964, p. 451-457. Kleinstra, Hille. "Foto's van bossen en bomen van Albert Renger-Patzsch," in: Foto : universeel tijdschrift voor fotografie. Antwerp, Netherlands : C. Misset, 1964. September 1964, p. 412-419.