In Absence of Subject Michael Somoroff is honouring the legendary work Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century) by August Sander. Sander is considered one of Germany's most significant portrait photographer of the 20th century. With careful retouching work, Somoroff managed to take those portrayed, the subjects, out of Sander's pictures.
This has resulted in images that only show the background setting, and they are presented in pairs alongside the original. The background, which originally only had secondary importance, now comes to the forefront. Consequently, the “empty” picture, hanging next to the original, underlines the strength of those actually portrayed. The emptiness gives value to the richness of detail in the originals.
With his work, Somoroff is trying to get to the roots of Post-Modern Art and to emphasize its tradition and continuity. The exhibition at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork, Ireland will be open for visitors from April 18 to June 1.
Further information at: Sirius Arts Centre und Absence of Subject