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Absence of Subject

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Michael Somoroff's Absence of Subject pays homage to August Sander's legendary work People of the Twentieth Century.

Sander is considered the most important German portrait photographer of the 20th century. With painstaking retouching, Somoroff extracts those portrayed, the subjects, from Sander's pictures. The resulting images, that consequently only show the background, are presented side by side with the originals.

The backdrops, which were originally only a secondary part of the pictures, are now at the forefront. In this manner the “empty” image, hanging next to the original, further underlines the strength of those portrayed. The emptiness also reveals the richness of detail in the originals. With his work, Somoroff is trying to get to the roots of post-modern art, and to underline its tradition and continuity.

The exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens runs from February 13 to April 6.

Further information available at: Benaki

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