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Albert Renger-Patzsch
Albert Renger-Patzsch
Joy Before the Object
Donald Kuspit

J. Paul Getty Museum
82 pages, 9 5/8 11 3/4 inches
60 duotone illustrations
ISBN 978-0-89236-273-8
hardcover, Out of Print  

"This first major English-language study will be an essential resource for scholars, social historians, and students of photographs. Highly recommended."
Wisconsin Bookwatch


The great German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch was a contemporary of László Moholy-Nagy and Bertolt Brecht and a close friend of Hermann Hesse, yet his work is little known in the English-speaking world. Born in Wurzburg in 1897, Renger-Patzsch was a member of the movement that came to be known as Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). His most famous book Die Welt ist schön (The World is Beautiful), published in 1928, immediately established him as one of the leading photographers in Germany.

This volume brings together sixty-five of Renger-Patzsch's photographs, many of them never before published. Together they help trace the life, career, and influence of this important twentieth-century photographer. This first English-language study is an essential resource for scholars, social historians, and students of photography.

Donald Kuspit is a noted art critic and historian whose work has appeared in such publications as Aperture, Artforum, and Art in America.

This title is out of print. Please look for it at your local libraries and/or used bookstores.

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