History of Photography

Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")




Albert Renger-Patzsch

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Albert Renger-Patzsch (June 22, 1897 – September 27, 1966) was a German photographer associated with the New Objectivity.
Renger-Patzsch was born in Würzburg and began making photographs by age twelve. After military service in the First World War he studied chemistry at Dresden Technical College. In the early 1920s he worked as a press photographer for the Chicago Tribune before becoming a freelancer and, in 1925, publishing a book, The choir stalls of Cappenberg. He had his first museum exhibition in 1927.
A second book followed in 1928, Die Welt ist schön (The World is Beautiful). This, his best-known book, is a collection of one hundred of his photographs in which natural forms, industrial subjects and mass-produced objects are presented with the clarity of scientific illustrations. In its sharply focused and matter-of-fact style his work exemplifies the esthetic of The New Objectivity that flourished in the arts in Germany during the Weimar Republic.
During the 1930s Renger-Patzsch made photographs for industry and advertising. His archives were destroyed during the Second World War. In 1944 he moved to Wamel Dorf, where he lived the rest of his life.


Semperrivum Percarneum, c. 1922.


Vom Eis geschliffene Landschaft in Südschweden


Das baumchen, 1929


Buchenlandschaft (Forest), 1936




Baboon, 1925


Snake Head, 1928




Cactaceae Mammilaria




Schachtanlage Heinrich Robert, Herringen bei Hamm, Förderturm im Bau


Cactaceae Astrophytum






Lasthaken mit Stahltrosse


Schachtanlage Hugo, Gelsenkirchen, Lohnhalle


Schachtanlage Germania, Dortmund-Marien, Schachthalle und Teilansicht des Fördergerüsts


Schachtanlage Germania, Dortmund - Marien, Schachthalle und Fördergerüst


Schachtanlage Germania, Dortmund - Marien




Untitled, 1920


Garden with Bench, Hamburg, 1928


Lubeck, A Look at the Cathedral


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