Inkjet print, 2015
Authorized, titled, dated and numbered on a certificate
26 x 18 cm
Edition of 150
The photograph originated on the basis of an original silver gelatine print that August Sander made from a glass negative plate (13 x 18 cm). The Cologne-based LUP AG produced this high quality art print.
ABOUT THE WORK
The photographed pharmacist Sepp Melichar wrote on a letter card dated 26 September 1936 to August Sander: ‘Dear Master! The magnificent children of your art have just arrived. I say thank you and ask what I owe you. I recognize my heavyset figure in the pictures and also that I’m very casually dressed. I’ve got to change that. In any case, you’ve given me great pleasure. Thank you again!’
Sepp Melichar was born in 1868 and stems from an affluent family from Linz. He studied pharmacy in Vienna and was one of the major personalities in social life in Linz. A picture taken in the photographer’s reception area that, among other things, shows a large, framed print of this print motif is proof of how fond Sander was of Melichar and his imposing figure.
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.
Pharmacist, c. 1930 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Cologne; Pictoright, Amsterdam, 2014
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