Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur -  Sander Westerwald
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August Sander: Familie Enders, Idelberg im Nistertal, 1922 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur–August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

A Look at the Collection:

August Sander: Westerwald – Portraits and Landscapes

March 13 to August 9, 2015, in Room 2

Soon after August Sander (1876–1964) set up his studio in Cologne-Lindenthal in 1910, he found himself drawn again and again to the nearby Westerwald region. Sander photographed many families there over four decades, producing remarkable group and individual portraits as well as characteristic views of the landscape.

The works on view in the exhibition convey an impression of this special part of the August Sander Archive, which encompasses some 2,500 negatives and first became part of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur under the name “Peasant Archive.” In the course of research on August Sander’s work, we were able to identify many on the people, families, and places on the negatives by comparing them to documents and numerous interviews conducted since the 1990s with contemporary witnesses, owners of Sander pictures, and family members. Sander’s pictures could also be dated more precisely as a result, making it possible to visualize more systematically the progress of his work in the Westerwald. Finally, cross-links became evident to his large-scale typological portrait series “People of the 20th Century” and a better overview emerged of the overall development of both his contract work and independent photography.

The photographs on display are new analogue prints produced between 1991 and 2014 by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur on the basis of Sander’s original negative plates. The selected motifs for the most part no longer exist as original prints, or they are privately owned or in other public collections. The technical reproductions shown in the exhibition represent a reinterpretation of Sander’s pictures that is oriented on the original quality of his enlargements. The similar size and tonality of the images facilitates their comparison, highlighting the compositional aspects and enabling a closer analysis.

This presentation also serves to underline a major area of the work of Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur: namely, the many facets involved in gradually making accessible Sander’s entire body of work.

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Cologne

In order to avert health risks from Covid-19 as far as possible, we have set up online ticketing for you. At www.sk-kultur.de you can book tickets for visiting the exhibition and taking part in the Sunday tours (3 p.m. each time). The number of visitors and participants is limited, we ask you to take the necessary infection protection measures (protective mask and minimum distance) into account. Thank you.

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