Antlitz der Zeit – Artsy – Press Release
August Sander is the single most important photographic artist in German history. His life long project People of the 20th Century is the prototype for the idea of a conceptual body of work being rigorous in both photographic skill as well as in editorial precision. The framework for Sander’s project were laid in the 1920’s and was further adjusted most prominently after the second world war as Sander reacted to the horrors of the National Socialist rule of Germany.
In 1927 Sander held an exhibition at the Kölnishe Kunstverein in Cologne which would be his first major solo show and also the springboard to his positioning as an artist. This exhibition helped Sander to gain the support needed to publish his first portrait monograph Antlitz der Zeit.
Antlitz der Zeit was published as a preview to People of the 20th Century and included an order form for the larger volume. It is the only version of this body of work that was definitively curated and edited by August Sander himself. As such it is a vital representation of Sanders humanistic understanding of society. By including the full spectrum of society, from the farmer to the craftsman and ending with the unemployed, Sander rendered a preview of a cross section of Germany at the time.
This volume includes some of August Sanders most well-known works such at the Three Framers, The Bricklayer, and High School Student. The edition shown in the exclusive Artsy-online exhibition were made by Gerd Sander from en edition in honor of the 150th birthday of Photography in 1989. In that year Art Basel asked my father to exhibit at the Basel fair along with a hand full of photography galleries. Gerd Sander, who founded the August Sander Archive in 1984 in New York City, has spent his entire life working on the artistic oeuvre of his grandfathers work.
This portfolio of 60 works represents a unique opportunity to own some of the most influential images of the 20th century.