Untitled (Close-Up of a Zipper), Albert Renger-Patzsch;   attributed, Folkwang Auriga Publishing House
Albert Renger-Patzsch, Folkwang Auriga Publishing House
Untitled (Close-Up of a Zipper)
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Albert Renger-Patzsch
Folkwang Auriga Publishing House

Untitled (Close-Up of a Zipper), 1928 – 1933

23 x 16.9 cm
23.4 x 17.4 cm
50 x 40 cm
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Silver Gelatin Print on baryta paper
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Acquired in 2013 with support from the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Hessischer Kulturstiftung, joint property with the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not on display


About the Work

In countless photos of the 1920s and ’30s, Albert Renger- Patzsch focussed on the world of things. In that context he succeeded in calling attention to aspects that usually remain hidden from view. An example is this shot of a zipper, a fastening device mass-produced since 1923. The tight framing and blown-up view of the metal teeth give the materiality of brass and cloth centre stage. At the same time, relieved of their function, the interlocking rows of teeth take on an almost unsettling quality.

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