Kölnische Zeitung, Cologne, 1928, Werner Mantz This is the Cologne Newpaper exhibition building built for an International Press Fair which took place in Cologne in 1928. The architects are Wilhelm Riphahn und Caspar Maria Grod. Mantz had much experience as a photographer of architecture. He especially focused on lighting and seems both to have captured detail and the authenticity of the original architectural works while infusing them with interpretive power. He thus combined functionalism with aesthetics and responded strongly to elements of design and craft. Most interesting is how his role as promoter of various architects and architecture helped inform his aesthetic and vice versa. On a personal note, I probably discovered this photo back in the early 80s, not knowing anything about Mantz or his relationship to architecture or his place in German aesthetics. Since the moment I saw it it's been a favorite of mine, in part because of its directness and symmetry, which more often can come across as static or uninteresting, which in this case seem so right and powerful. It seems a very confident approach to photographing this building. The perspective, time of day, and lighting seem to add to what I call the interpretive aspect of the photo. It is both graphic and atmospheric, which I find to be a moving combination. I include the names of the architects because the building itself is so much a part of this photo and so the architects, I think, should be credited. At the same time, I think Mantz brings it to us in much more than a forensic way. While maintaining respect for the original vision of the architects, he imparts to it a uniquely photographic presence and mood.