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August Sander: Face of Our Time (Schirmer Visual Library) Paperback – June 30, 2008
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Making photographs in Germany during a time when National Socialism was being implemented, Sander continued to document all walks of life and types of people. Instead of seeing blond haired boys with blue eyes on every page, we see the true complexity of German people. Each portrait stands on its own, but as a group they create something greater and truer. Together they suggest equality and integration. Instead of being arranged as a hierarchy, each plate occupies its own space, which allows each portrait to remain on a more equal level to one another.
Looking through Sanders work his influence on other portraitists such as Richard Avadon and Diane Arbus becomes apparent. When Germany was ruled by the Nazis, Faces of Our Time was searched out and burned. By some good luck the negative of each photograph was saved, and with the help of Sander's son, the book has been re-printed and can now be owned by anyone, rich or old, young or poor.