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August Sander   Antlitz der Zeit (Face of the Time)



September 11, 1993 - October 17, 1993

Curator: Joan Stebbins
Organized and circulated by the Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington D.C.

August Sander (1876- 1964) was one of the leading German photographers in the first half of this century, and many of his images (eg. The Bricklayer, or Young Farmers) are familiar to us all. His extended series of portraits made between the wars documents the appearance of Germans from all walks of life – artists, intellectuals, bureaucrats, technicians and farmers. His use of a large format camera resulted in works of remarkable stillness and detail, reminiscent of 19th century photography which he much admired. Despite this, the works have timeless appeal and their direct and confrontational style has been imitated by such contemporary photographers as Diane Arbus. Although his book, Antlitz de Zeit, was not intended as a critique of his society, it was nevertheless confiscated by the Nazi’s in 1934, and Sander then turned his attention to landscape photography. This exhibition contains all of the book’s sixty photographs, printed from the original negative by his grandson, Gert Sander.
 

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