Posts Tagged ‘August Sander’

Profiles in Black & White: August Sander

In Article, Black and White Photography on November 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”

                                                                        -August Sander

Self Portrait, 1925

Self Portrait, 1925

Like Edward Steichen and others, documentary and portrait photographer August Sander was fortunate to be born at the time of photography’s ascendence. As such, he would go on to become one of Germany’s most notable men behind the lens.

Sander was the son of a carpenter in the Herdorf mining industry. It was in the mines where he was first exposed to his future love, working as an assistant to a company photographer. Noticing his burgeoning interest, Sander’s uncle would buy his first equipment and set up his first dark room. This led to spending his three-year military stint as a photography assistant wandering across Germany. From here he garnered a job at a studio in Linz, where he ascended to partner and eventually its sole proprietor in 1904. After five years in Linz, Sander moved on to Cologne, his primary home for the rest of his life. Read the rest of this entry »

Noteworthy: August Sander at Tate Modern, London

In Art Museum, Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on May 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm


August Sander

Photography expands rapidly at the Tate Modern in London with FIVE new galleries opening. A key event is the August Sander exhibit.

Among Tate Modern’s many achievements to be celebrated as it marks its 10th birthday this month is the integration of photography into the history of 20th-century art. Five new galleries dedicated to the medium, with an emphasis on German contemporaries such as Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and Bernd and Hilla Becher are now open; at their core is a superb showcase of the father of modern German photography, August Sander.

For a complete review: Financial Times