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August Sander, 1876-1964
Sander, August, 1876-1964.
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Köln ; London : Taschen, [1999]

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251 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 34 cm
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TR647.S25 S26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Library Journal Review

Blossfeldt, Sander, and Weston all blossomed with the publication of their first books around 1930, were direct in their use of the medium, and rank among photography's defining masters. Yet they each had a unique style and focused on distinct subject matter, making their works instantly recognizable. These three books, part of a new photography series from Taschen, are sufficiently monumental to honor the artists' talents but still convey their singular talents. Germans Sander and Blossfeldt pioneered the "new objectivity" with their massive survey projects. Sander set out to document all of society in hundreds of portraits, typically titled "Country Farmer Dressed for a Funeral" or "Middle-Class Family." The influence of his style, stern yet eminently humane, is more present than ever in current photography. A prominent collector and photography writer, Heiting has made excellent work of a difficult task selecting more than 100 of these portraits for inclusion and augmenting them with lesser-known architectural and landscape photographs. Blossfeldt originally photographed plant specimens to help his students in art school with copying natural forms. But with the publication of Art Forms in Nature (1928), containing 60 of these photogravures, he was hailed as master and went on to publish two more acclaimed compendia. Adam, a photography writer, offers stunning reproductions of all the prints found in all three of Blossfeldt's volumes as well as the original essays from the time. The Weston volume will give readers a new appreciation of his almost abstract nature studies and nudes. Heiting has again chosen exemplary works from Weston's more diverse oeuvre, combining well-known signature pieces with unexpected images. Terrence Pitts, director of the Center for Creative Photography, has added an especially well-researched essay to accompany the selections. These books are all well done, but based on the popularity of their work in the United States, Weston belongs in all public libraries, Sander in medium and large public libraries, and Blossfeldt in all libraries with a serious interest in photography; the entire series would be at home in any academic institution.ÄDoug McClemont, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The strength of this book is its high quality reproductions chosen to demonstrate the breadth of Sander's subject matter. Approximately 100 are portraits, many of them less well known. More than 50 photographs illustrate Sander's architectural, landscape, and plant studies, and Lange's essay summarizes Sander's career and highlights influences and pivotal moments. Sander's primary goal was to capture truth for posterity, whether or not it presented his culture in a favorable light. He believed that the individual was both a product and a representative of his or her social class, and that a series of portraits could therefore reveal a culture. He also believed in an essential linkage between humans and nature that helps explain why he started his Citizens of the Twentieth Century (1980?) with the "primal" farmer and turned to landscape viewed as a human creation after his political difficulties with his typological portraits during the rise of National Socialism. The text and captions are in German, English, and French. Upper-division undergraduates and up. S. Spencer; North Carolina State University