Kupferhammer Grünthal. Vierhundert Jahr deutcher Arbeitskultur (The Grünthal Cooperworks: Four hundred years of German Labor 1537-1937). Photographs by Albert Renger-Patzsch. Text by Ernst von Laer. C.G. Röder, Leipzig, 1937. Quatro. 140 pp. . Clothbound with embossed town insignia. Gravure reproductions. Laid in is the 18 June 1937 issue of the illustrated trade journal Metall, also commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Kupferhammer Grünthal, with additional advertisements.
Included in Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. II.
Containing some of Renger-Patzsch's finest work, this company photobook was published to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the FA Lange company. Divided into a sort of taxonomy--chapters are titled the land, the people, the work--that places this work firmly in the New Objectivist camp, this book is in keeping with Renger-Patzsch's studies of industrial towns--subjects that few photographers had considered worthy of attention. Renger-Patzsch’s cool, detached, and uninflected style matched his subject matter: the bleak non-places at the edge of the industrial landscape. "His visual strategy employed a romantic faith in technical rationality, productivity, and efficiency of means. His photographs capture an aesthetic of machine production seeking to blur the distinction between nature and technology."--reference, Ali Malik The Use and Abuse of Photography in Architecture.
About Fine; Super clean and bright; small personal library stamp front free-endpaper; very slight corner imperfection; lacking the try rare slipcase.