August Sander, ‘Handlanger (Bricklayer)’, 1928-printed 1990 by Gerd Sander, Phillips

Photographs from the Collection of Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington, D.C.

From the Catalogue:
About the Collector:
With a life-long passion for collecting, spurred by an intense, intellectual curiosity for art, Jeffrey M. Kaplan’s collection transcends classification and speaks to his devotion to all things cultural. Driven by an innate interest in learning about different cultures and ways of life, the photographs in his collection illustrate key moments and movements throughout the history of the medium, unified by the overarching theme of one man’s collecting journey.

The photographs on offer, lots 271-286, include works by leaders in the field, thus demonstrating Kaplan’s deep knowledge and keen awareness of the medium. From Alfred Stieglitz, and his selections for Camera Work, to Ansel Adams and Berenice Abbott, the classic is balanced by the contemporary with an equally impressive selection of works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Alec Soth and Robert Polidori. Kaplan’s particular affinity for Mapplethorpe is evident in the six lots on offer which show the photographer’s incredible depth and include the stunning dye transfer print, Flowers in Vase; the iconic photograph of Thomas that was selected by Patti Smith to grace the cover of Robert Mapplethorpe, her 1987 book on the photographer; and Wheat, a still-life that shows a masterful range of tonality.

This diverse selection reflects Kaplan’s constant interest in acquiring works that peaked his intellect, while offering the thrill that drives the most devoted of collectors.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Aug. Sander Köln Lindenthal' blindstamp on the recto; signed, numbered 9/18 by Gerd Sander in pencil, 'Archiv' copyright credit and 'Menschen des 20.Jahrhunderts' credit stamps on the verso.

Abrams, August Sander: People of the 20th Century, Volume II: The Skilled Tradesmen, front slipcase cover, pl. II/10/3
Antlitz der Zeit, August Sander, cover, pl. 23
Gunther Sander, August Sander, p. 120
Heiting, August Sander 1876-1964, cover, p. 57
Smith and Lefley, Rethinking Photography: Histories, Theories and Education, fig. 6.14
Kordela, Being, Time, Bios: Capitalism and Ontology, cover

Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis

About August Sander

Declaring “let me speak the truth in all honesty about our age,” foremost 20th-century German photographer August Sander spent his life documenting his fellow countrymen in straightforward, dignified portraits. His early training as a painter informed his exquisitely composed, minutely detailed gelatin silver photographs. In 1910, Sander embarked upon the epic project that would bring him into conflict with the Nazis, as well as late fame: Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century) (1910-50s). Using a large-format camera and long exposure times, he amassed hundreds of portraits, forming a typology of German society during the two World Wars, shaped by his philosophy about the distinct groups by which it is structured. Sander was a cipher. He disappeared behind his lens, picturing farmers, merchants, civil servants, intellectuals, gypsies, and the insane so that they could be seen.

German, 1876-1964, Herdorf, near Siegen, Germany, based in Cologne, Germany