9 Pflanzenphotographien von Albert Renger-Patzsch [9 Plant Photographs by Albert Renger-Patzsch. From the archives of Folkwang Verlag.
Vintage silver gelatin prints (c. early 20s)
7 measuring 8 x 6 1/4 in./20.5 x 16 cm.
2 measuring 9 1/4 x 6 3/4 in./23.5 x 18 cm.
Corner mounted to 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in./30 x 21 cm. mats.
Each print with typewritten identifying labels on versos with plant name and 'Photo: A. R. Patzsch'; plus four stamps: "Das Archiv hat gr. Bestände von: Kristallen (Mineralien, Versteinerungen, Pflanzen und Tieren,"; "E. F. Freundeskreis Ernst Fuhrmann"; "Folkwang Verlag, Photo: Albert Renger-Patzsch" and "Wilhelm Arnholdt - Maschinensetzerei Hamburg 20 - Falkenried 42"
Housed in a custom cloth and card clam shell case.
The story of Ernst Fuhrmann, Folkwang Verlag, Fuhrmann and Albert Renger Patzsch
is one of the most fascinating chapters in German photo history. From 1919 Folkwang Verlag was an off-shoot of a museum of the same name founded in 1902 by the patron Karl Ernst Osthaus Hagen. When Ernst Fuhrmann was brought on to manage the publishing concern, he hired Renger-Patzsch to run the photo archive. Through Renger-Patzsch Folkwang became the center of the Neue Sachlichkeit [New Objectivism].
As Renger-Patzsch has famously said:
"Fuhrmann never made a photograph himself, yet he taught me how to look at things."
By the end of the 20s, Folkwang had fallen on hard times, but Fuhrmann
managed to rebuild it with major help of collector and tycoon Osthaus. In the process he gained control over large parts of the archive. These nine prints come from the liquidation of the Fuhrmann estate. Consisting almost entirely of images of cacti, these 9 prints were assembled by the previous owner into an attractive set, housed in a cloth clam shell case.
Light wear to edges of some prints; some light surface flecking and smudging.