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The photographs of Albert Renger-Patzsch

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The photographs of Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966) are notable for their air of detachment - what Patzsch called 'a position of servitude before the subject'. In both the natural and man-made worlds he sought for the essence of a thing. The 113 images inAlbert Renger-Patzsch: Photographer of Objectivity (Thames and Hudson, 1997. £38), well-reproduced, are of flower-heads and forests, factories, castles and cathedrals, an empty road under melting snow, a marble quarry in the Apuan Alps (above).

Patzsch makes powerful patterns with his eye for echoing forms.

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