The New Objectivity was a German art movement that reacted against the expressionists. Photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch took the matter-of-fact style of the movement and made it into his, becoming a prolific figure of the New Objectivity movement.
Similar to America's Edward Weston, Renger-Patzsch believed that photography was meant to fabricate and reproduce reality, and represent the essence of the object. His series of Rurh landscapes are of modernist taste, which would eventually influence Bernd, Hilla Becher and others. Reserved emotional aspects and clear compositions greatly mark his signature.
"The secret of a good photograph—which, like a work of art, can have esthetic qualities—is its realism ... Let us therefore leave art to artists and endeavor to create, with the means peculiar to photography and without borrowing from art, photographs which will last because of their photographic qualities."
Catch the recently-opened show Albert Renger-Patzsch: Ruhrgebietslandschaften at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.
The show will run through April 23, 2017.
Images used are with permission from the museum.