Berlin: Hermann Reckendorf, 1931. 4to, 96 pp, bound in silver boards backed in blue cloth. No dust jacket. Illustrated with 97 photographs, most full page.
First edition of this landmark photobook of the Neue Sachlichkeit movement, in which Renger-Patzsch attempted to present images of industrial processes and architecture devoid of the distraction he suspected in the more avant-garde photography of the period. Renger-Patzsch was a master of controlling close-up detail, and the results are as remarkable as they are cumulatively disquieting.
Parr & Badger I, p. 125.
Title rubbed away at spine; some minor rubbing and scratching to the impressionable silver boards, but less than usually found. Some minor foxing to prelims, and previous owner's diminuitive and elegant bookplate to fep. Very good. Item #28984