In this lesson, students will learn about the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio. They will see the appearance of these numbers in art, architecture, and nature.
Albert Renger-Patzsch (German, 1897-1968)
gelatin silver print, Image: 23.10 x 16.90 cm (9 1/16 x 6 5/8 inches); Paper: 23.30 x 17.10 cm (9 1/8 x 6 11/16 inches). John L. Severance Fund 2007.22
Photographing ethnographic objects for a museum started Renger-Patzsch on the path to developing
the sharply focused, deadpan style seen in these plant images that were made to illustrate books on
various species of plants. The use of extreme close-up removes any sense of context, emphasizes the plants’ structures, and animates what should be a coldly scientific inquiry.
The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH (10/19/2014-1/11/2015): "Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Phorography," cat. no. 160, p. 195.