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August Sander: Objective Romantic
7 Sep 2013 – 20 Oct 2013
August Sander, Secretary, West German Radio, Cologne 1931
gelatin silver print
Collection, National Gallery of Canada
August Sander (1876-1964) counts among the great 20th-century photographers. Primarily known for his vast collective portrait of the German people, Sander also made superb photographs of landscapes and architectural subjects. When the Belle Époque ended with the start of WWI he was almost thirty-nine. He photographed the people and places surrounding Cologne, Germany, through all the stages of upheaval that the next decades would bring.
Sander’s style is straight, unmanipulated, and seemingly objective. His highly compassionate vision—noticeable in the demeanor of his subjects—offers a counterpoint to this. The root of his artistic sensibility derives from the romanticism of the 19th century, the era into which he was born.
Organized by MSVU Art Gallery in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada.
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Join us as we launch the exhibition catalogue,
Author George Steeves will be demonstrating the use of a large-format camera and signing books. Dr. Roni Gechtman, MSVU History, will present informal remarks. The beautifully illustrated book can be purchased for $10—a 60% discount! Taking place in the upper gallery amidst Sander’s stunning portraits. Refreshments will be served in the main floor gallery.
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