This special excerpt of August Sander - People of the 20th was shown as part of the DEVELOP Photo line-up for the first edition of the On Photography Online Film Festival, 9/29/13. The Festival was part of the FOTOWEEK in Holland, an initiative of FOAM and the Netherlands Photo Museum, and was organized by Barbera Brakel of Photo Affairs. opfestival.nl/
Reiner Holzemer's film focuses not only on August Sander's photographic work but also on his biography: his humble origins as well as his successful time in Linz as a young studio photographer.
The work of German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) had a decisive influence on the history of photography and art. With his portraits, he documented the first three decades of the 20th century more comprehensively than anyone else. Starting with his portraits of farmers taken in 1910, Sander photographed people from different social classes in Germany, thus providing later generations with an authentic picture of his time.
Sander's most productive period was in Cologne during the 1920s and '30s. During those years he created an oeuvre of portraits which would ultimately comprise over 600 photographs. In 1929, as a preview of this carefully planned document of contemporary society in portrait form, he published a selection of 60 photographs entitled Antlitz der Zeit ("Face of Our Time"). During the Nazi period Sander's work was forbidden, for failing to conform to national socialist aesthetics and ideology.
The film August Sander – People of the 20th Century premiered in June 2002 at the Photoespaña 2002 in Madrid.
Language: German with english subtitles
Image format: 16:9
Length: 44 minutes
Copyright 2002 Reiner Holzemer Film
The Reiner Holzemer Film Production was founded in 1983 by the director and documentary filmmaker Reiner Holzemer. Since then, more than 30 full length documentary films have been produced for German public television channels of the ARD (BR, SWR, and WDR), for the ZDF and for arte.
The company’s goal is to produce technically high-quality movies of artistic merit. The portraits of internationally renowned artists, especially in the field of photography, constitute a key aspect in the company’s work.
The films were also much appreciated on the international scene on the occasion of film festivals. “Magnum – Portrait of the famous photo agency” produced in 2000 has for example been presented during following festivals: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Cinéma Alés in France, Thessaloniki Int. Filmfestival, Istanbul Modern Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Festival International de Guadalajara, Mexico.
The portraits of artists like, for example, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, René Burri, August Sander and Herbert List were screened in important museums worldwide: e.g. the Whitney Museum – New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, Maison Européenne de la Photographie – Paris, Foam Fotografiemuseum – Amsterdam, C/O Berlin, Haus der Kunst – München, Deutsches Historisches Museum – Berlin, Musée de l’Elysée – Lausanne, Zentrum für Fotografie – Winterthur, Museum Tinguely – Basel, Yours Gallery – Warschau.
International TV stations as the BBC, Yle Finnland, RAI Italia, TROC Holland, Maxwell’s Australia and Documentary Channel New Zealand have included several films of the Reiner Holzemer Filmproduction in their program schedules. Reiner Holzemer has also been directing advertising commercials since 1992. More than 150 TV commercials have been developed and realized for international markets.
This video is part of the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel which can be found at DEVELOP Tube: Photography to Watch. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.