Werner Mantz of the "Neues Bauen" Movement

2017-11-28

The German photographer is one of the iconic artists that promoted "Neues Bauen" or "New Objectivity", a movement in architecture that favored functionalism. As a photographer, Werner Mantz applied the same approach to his photography.

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Werner Mantz / Nederlands, Fotomuseum, Foto: Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

He worked as an architectural photographer, receiving commissions from avant-garde architecture icons such as Wilhelm Riphahn, Peter Franz Nöcker, Caspar Maria Grod, all who implemented Konrad Adenauer's housing policy for a modernized Cologne

Mantz also worked for architecture magazines such as Bauwelt, Die Form, and Bauwarte, all with the objective of black-and-white austerity to give that monumental modern ambiance. In 1932, he opened a new studio in Maastricht, eventually moving to Netherlands in 1938. He returned to portrait photography and specialized with children portraits, seeing that they are ass important as his architectural photographs.

His portraits were yet to be exhibited until now in the show Werner Mantz: Architecture and People at the Museen Koeln, running through January 21, 2018.

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Werner Mantz / Nederlands, Fotomuseum, Foto: Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

Images are from the press kit.

written by lomographymagazine on 2017-11-28 #culture #architecture #portraiture #werner-mantz

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