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Sander’s Time

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The August Sander exhibition “Portraits of the Century. Photographs 1912 – 1945” will be on show
in Vienna as of March 7, 2013.

“The whole of photography is by nature documentary...” This was a statement made by the photographer August Sander (18 76-1964) in reference to his work. It is a statement that explains Sander’s style of photography to perfection, as he was one of the most important proponents of documentary photography at the time. This is also evident fro his book “People of the 20th century”, a 600-page, very comprehensive publication.

August Sander portrayed people from different levels of society and professional groups in the Weimar Republic: beggars, farmers, workers, government employees, as well as aristocrats and men of the church, athletes, politicians, artists and circus performers. He said of his work that all the photos represented “in an absolutely natural way, a visual record of the times he lived in”. The outcome, consequently, was not only a documentation of living conditions in Germany, but also a visual reflection of those times.

Further information at: www.jmcfaber.at

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