Sunday, April 18, 2010

August Sander

In between hacking up a lung or two (see my previous post) I've been watching DVDs, knitting,and making nice with the internet. In my travels on the information superhighway (remember that?) I stumbled across some photographs by the German portrait and documentary photographer August Sander (b 1876 - d 1964). It has to be said that his subjects are a pretty dour lot, but there's something about that direct and fearless gaze into the lens that has always intrigued me.








C'mon, say "cheese".

5 comments:

Matt Watson said...

Hey there,

I think, but don't quote me, that the woman second from the top is Erika Mann, daughter of Thomas Mann, neice of Heinrich Mann, sister of Klaus. She was quite a famous actress in pre-WWII Germany together with Klaus and their friends. Klaus was an author like his father and uncle, wrote a great novel about pre-WWII Berlin with a lot of gay themes called "Child of These Times".

Thought that might be of interest to you :)

Matt

The Other Andrew said...

Thanks for the info Matt!

Aryaman Stefan Wellershaus said...

the two wearing NAZI-uniforms: the uniforms are imitations - not bad but not true either.

Stefan

RockinRod said...

And how do you know that, Stephan?

Anonymous said...

Stephen,

just curious, you do realize the image of the Nazi Soldier has a negative date of 1940? It's not a re enactment or cos-play. So when you say it's an imitation uniform do you mean it isn't full regulation of the period or do you really think it's a modern mockup? By chance could they be "not bad" because they are authentic for the time the photograph was taken? Please elaborate.