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Hans Natge (1893 - after 1960) 
Scene from the film 'Das alte Gesetz' with Henny Porten 
Pigment print, green-toned 
21 x 29 cm (image) 
Bassenge Photography Auctions 
Auction, 8 June 2022, Photography from the 19th – 21st centuries, Lot: 4248 
Hans Natge was one of the major German film photographers between 1920 - 1945. In his early work he incorporated pictorial aspects while experimenting with various pigment processes. His early film stills for Friedrich Murnau's 'Faust' (1925/26) are highly artistic and show his technical talent in creating the atmosphere of the film. The print offered here is one of the photographer's rare fine pigment prints.
Lit.: Jürgen Trimborn. "Hans Natge und die Anfänge der Filmfotografie in Deutschland" in: Timm Starl (ed.). Fotogeschichte. Beiträge zur Geschichte und Ästhetik der Fotografie. Marburg 2000, issue 75, p. 33 ff. 

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