n°234/ The Birth Of An Eye

August 2016

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.

 August Sander