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In Paris: Things, a celebration of Albert Renger-Patzsch at the Jeu de Paume

Stapelia variegata, Asclepiadaceae 1923 Albert Renger-Patzsch © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

The show pays tribute to the decades-long career of the influential German photographer who helped pioneer the New Objectivity movement of 1920s Germany

A prolific artist whose career spanned over 45 years, Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897–1966) was a leading pioneer of photography and of New Objectivity. Creating a new photographic realism characterised by extreme simplicity and originality, the German image-maker lead a revolution in seeing that remains influential today.

Now a new retrospective at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, is celebrating his legacy by showing 154 photographs taken from the breadth of his career. Many were shot in the 1920s and 30s, or are rooted in his work from that time, and reflect an era in which industry was thriving and technology becoming widespread.

“To do justice to modern technology’s rigid linear structure, to the lofty gridwork of cranes and bridges, to the dynamism of machines operating at one thousand horsepower – only photography can do that,” he wrote in an essay featured in Das Deutsche Lichtbild [The German Photograph] in 1927. “…The absolutely correct rendering of form, the subtlety of tonal gradation from the brightest light to the darkest shadow, impart to a technically expert photograph the magic of experience.”

But Renger-Patzsch was also a talented nature photographer, writing a book in 1923 called Pflanzenaufnahmen [Plant photographs] outlining his views on shooting the natural world, and the importance of formality, structure and neutrality when doing so. Later, in 1928’s Die Welt ist Schön [The World is Beautiful] – a book he originally wanted to title Die Dinge [Things] – he explored photography’s capacity to capture immanent substance of an object or subject.

Things is on show at Jeu de Paume, Paris until 21 January 2017. The curator, Sérgio Mah, will give a tour of the exhibition on Tuesday 28 November at 6pm www.jeudepaume.org

Zeche “Heinrich-Robert”, Turmförderung, Pelkum bei Hamm [Heinrich-Robert Colliery, Extraction Tower, Pelkum near Hamm], 1951 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Catasetum trindentatum, Orchidaceae 1922-1923 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Brasilianischer Melonenbaum von unten gesehen [Melon of the tropics (papaya), seen from below], 1923. Berinson Gallery, Berlin. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Das Bäumchen [The young tree], 1928 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Berinson Gallery, Berlin. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Buchenwald [Beech forest], 1936 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Landschaft bei Essen und Zeche “Rosenblumendelle”] [Landscape near Essen and coal mine “Rosenblumendelle”, 1928 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Landstraße bei Essen [Departmental road near Essen], 1929 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Zeche “Victoria Mathias” in Essen [Charcoal “Victoria Mathias” in Essen], 1929 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Zeche “Katharina”, Schacht Ernst Tengelmann, Essen-Kray [Katharina colliery, Ernst Tengelmann well, in the Kray district of Essen], 1955-1956 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Zeche “Graf Moltke”, Gelsenkirchen-Gladbeck [Graf Moltke colliery, in the Gladbeck district of Gelsenkirchen], 1952-1953 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Ritzel and Zahnräder, Lindener Eisen-und Stahlwerke [Sprockets and gears, Lindener Eisen-und Stahlwerke factory], 1927 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Bugeleisen fur Schuhfabrikation, Faguswerk Alfeld [Irons for footwear manufacturing, Fagus factory, Alfeld], 1928 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert Renger-Patzsch Archiv / Stiftung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Jenaer Glas (Zylindrische Gläser) [Jena glassware (beakers)], 1934 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Museum Folkwang, Essen. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Hände [Hands], 1926-1927 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Ann und Jürgen Wilde collection. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017

Krabbenfischerin [Pêcheuse de crevettes], 1927 Albert Renger-Patzsch. Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, Paris, acquisition en 1979. © Albert Renger-Patzsch / Archiv Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Zülpich / ADAGP, Paris 2017