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August Sander Project 2017: Selected Works Presented

August Sander. Small-Town Women. c. 1913. Gelatin silver print. Acquired through the generosity of the family of August Sander. © 2017 Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur — August Sander Archiv, Cologne/ARS, NY

Adam Kirsch on the portfolio The Small-Town Dweller:

August Sander. Small-Town Women. c. 1913. Gelatin silver print. Acquired through the generosity of the family of August Sander. © 2017 Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur — August Sander Archiv, Cologne/ARS, NY

Small-Town Women, which I chose as the cover image for my book, presents a female, domestic, and bourgeois interior. Crucially, it is dated 1913, which positions it just on the brink of the war that would really begin the 20th century; and it seems eloquent of a kind of existence that would be shattered over the course of that century. The women in the photograph pose without embarrassment, but also without guardedness or suspicion; they seem to be regarding us with leisurely curiosity, even as they represent a way of living whose leisure might now seem oppressive. For me, the image inspires a mixture of nostalgia and resistance.”
From People of the Twentieth Century: Group I, Portfolio 6, Photograph 10

August Sander. Small-Town Women. c. 1913. Gelatin silver print. Acquired through the generosity of the family of August Sander. © 2017 Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur — August Sander Archiv, Cologne/ARS, NY
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