Sunday, 31 January 2016

August Sander: People of the 20th Century

I saw today, in Antwerp, August Sander's great portraits 'People of the 20th Century'.

From his early life before the First World War until his death in the 1960s, Sander recorded on film what ordinary German people looked like.

During the Nazi era his work had to be hidden, as it showed people who were not supposed to exist. A lot of his work was destroyed at that time. Fortunately for us, much of it was saved not just from the Nazis, but from the Allied bombings of Cologne which devastated the city.

The expo runs until Feb 14th. Details here: I strongly recommend it.

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