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Title

Factory hall


Artist

Werner Mantz

Germany, Netherlands

28 Apr 1901 - 1983


About

Werner Mantz studied at the Bavarian State Academy for Photography, Munich 1920-21 before returning to Cologne where he opened a photography studio specializing in portraits and advertising. In 1926 he began to concentrate on architectural photography for which he has become justifiably best known. Mantz moved to the Netherlands in the 1930s where he remained (first in Maastricht and then Eijsden) until his death in 1983.

Mantz remains one of the great modernist architectural photographers. His work transcends simple documentation because of his exemplary understanding of the representation of objects in space and light. Working in Germany in the 1920s and early 30s with Cologne architects such as Riphahn, Bruno Paul, Mendelsohn, Schumacher and Wirminghaus, Mantz perfected his clear vision and superb printing technique.

Mantz's abilities with photography parallel those of August Sander and Karl Blossfeldt and prefigure the Bechers and their students. Mantz photographed each building, regardless of its function, in a non-hierarchical fashion always optimizing what might be considered its best points. The 'Fabrikhalle' is shot in the same way as the Gallery's existing Mantz photograph 'Glaspaleis (Schunck Department Store)' though one is literally a glass palace of consumerism and the other is a brick factory.


Details


Alternative title

Fabrikhalle


Date

circa 1935


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph, vintage


Dimensions

16.7 x 22.5 cm image; 17.1 x 23.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed verso, pencil "W. Mantz". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by John and Kate Armati 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

13.2003


Artist information

Werner Mantz

Works in the collection

2


Referenced in 1 publication

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