The German photographer’s portraits are full-face and typically quite uncompromising shots with carefully considered composition, where nothing is intended for effect or spectacle. Sander was able to capture the individuality and character traits of his subjects, while openly demonstrating that they belonged to a specific social group. Consequently his photographs are a representative slice of interwar German society and also a fascinating historical document, rather than merely a collection of portraits. - augustsander.com
It activates our ability to dream or to change our perception. Implementing this simple but significant fact, August Sander created one of the first group of works that portrayed the world as an equal and humanistically balanced group. By focusing on the individual person as a reference rather than the class status, gender or health, Sander has a created a view of the world which we are still striving to fulfil. - augustsander.org
August Sander (17 November 1876 – 20 April 1964) was a German portrait and documentary photographer. Sander's first book Face of our Time (German: Antlitz der Zeit) was published in 1929. Sander has been described as "the most important German portrait photographer of the early twentieth century."
By sight and observation and thought, with the help of the camera, and the addition of the date of the year, we can hold fast the history of the world.
Nothing seemed to me more appropriate than to project an image of our time with absolute fidelity to nature by means of photography.
In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
Therefore, let me in honesty speak the truth about our epoch and people.
I hate nothing more than sugary photographs with tricks, poses and effects. So allow me to be honest ?and tell the truth about our age and its people.
I never made a person look bad. They do that themselves. The portrait is your mirror. It’s you.