Inkjet print, 2015
Authorized, titled, dated and numbered on a certificate
26 x 17.2 cm
Edition of 150
The image stems from a modern print produced on the basis of Sander's original large-format glass plate negative, authorized by the photographer's grandson and long-standing executor of his estate Gerd Sander, and was processes by Jean-Luc Differdange, SK Stiftung Kultur's photographer specialized in the development of August Sander modern prints.
ABOUT THE WORK
Masked Ball is telling the story of the Cologne carnival, when the world turned upside down and the conventions were thrown overboard. The clown looks jauntily towards the camera, fraternizing with the photographer. The photograph takes us to Cologne in the Golden Twenties. For Sander masked balls and costume parties were all occasions to establish a kind of studio corner in different locations in which people could have their pictures taken in the frenzy of the celebration. This photograph was also taken on one of these occasions: the person behind the clown mask is the famous Cologne-based architect Wilhem Riphahn.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
August Sander (1867-1964) is famous for the extensive series of portraits from the project Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century). With this extensive collection, Sander attempted to portray all walks of life in the first half of 20th-century Germany. In December 2006, Foam presented a retrospective of work by August Sander.
Masked Ball, 1926 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
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