"Here the movement of 1/100th of a second is frozen with a truthfulness to life which neither brush nor pencil could ever surpass," wrote Renger-Patzch of this image in New Camera Views. The next year (1928) he composed a picture book, The World is Beautiful, which treats man-made and natural objects as structural analogues of one another. This organizing principle rejected the visual delight of the atypical or anomalous, so vivid in this picture; consequently the book reproduced a static and conventional "portrait" of the baboon instead of this image.
Inscription: Stamped on print, verso UL: "Phot. A. Renger-Patzsch // BAD-HARZBURG"; stamped on print, verso UC: "Jede Reproduktion // verboten"; inscribed on print, verso C: "Göhnender Pavian"; inscribed on print, verso UC: "J129"; inscribed on print, verso LL: "Heise"; inscribed on print, verso LR: "6";
(Sale, Phillips, New York, Photographs from the 1920s and 1930s, November 13, 1980, Lot #20); John C. Waddell