Inkjet print, 2015
Authorized, titled, dated and numbered on a certificate
26 x 14.7 cm
Edition of 150
This 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 processed by Jean-Luc Differdange, SK Stiftung Kultur's photographer specialized in the development of August Sander modern prints.
ABOUT THE WORK
The radio station secretary August Sanders portrays corresponds completely with the new self-concept of the progressive, emancipated woman of the twenties and thirties. With her bobbed hair, make-up, acting androgynous despite her feminine dress, holding a cigarette, she looks invitingly at the camera. August Sander worked for the Westdeutscher Rudfunk in Cologne, which explains the origin of this photograph. With this portrait of someone from his immediate working environment, Sander created a fascinating contemporary document that shows the attitude toward life of the time and accurately illustrates the hope of developing new cultural paths.
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.
Sekretärin beim Westdeutschen Rundfunk in Köln (Secretary at the West German Radio in Cologne), 1931 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
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