by Nathalie Azoulai
German photographer August Sander usually disappears behind the 600 portraits he did between 1910 and 1950. But thanks to the retrospective taking place in Cherbourg-en-Cottentin until August, 28, the viewer will finally discover Sander’s face through a few self-portraits. In one of them, like the famous wanderer painted by Caspar David Friedrich, from upon a hill he gazes at the Rhine river in a very romantic Goethe-like attitude, reminding that, at the age of 14, as he was doomed to a miner’s life, some fortuitous photographer came along and asked him for a hand that whould turn into an eye. An eye above all others.