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ABSENCE OF SUBJECT: Michael Somoroff and August Sander

The images of Michael Somoroff and August Sander

Exhibiting 1st February – 7th April 2013

Fondazione Stelline
corso Magenta 61-Milano

This original exhibition by American photographer Michael Somoroff is a visual conversation with the legendary German photographer August Sander (1876-1964), presenting a unique conceptual homage from one artist to another.

In 2004, Somoroff visited an August Sander exhibition, Menschen des 20th Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century), at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This unique body of work is a large series of meticulously composed portraits; demonstrating Sander’s understanding of the hierarchical order of German society with a presentation of his subjects not only as individuals but also as typologies.

Somoroff selected 40 images from Sander’s work, he then successfully removed the sitter with the assistance of computer technology, leaving only a clean background. The pictures retain the subtle suggestions of human habitation with tea services, open books, and pulled out chairs patiently waiting. The works appear as though the subject has just stepped outside the range of view. This sense of mystery is intensified through the display of empty landscapes, shops, and houses—all without occupants. These new images created by Somoroff emphasize the persuasive power and aesthetic qualities available in the oeuvre of August Sander, even without the key element of mankind.

This unusual collaboration between Michael Somoroff and August Sander are works of photographic art and conceptual masterpieces, offering a ground breaking new definition of portrait photography. The exhibition includes platinum-palladium prints and videos by Michael Somoroff and August Sander silver prints.