Emblems of the Passing World: Poems after Photographs by August Sander

Emblems of the Passing World: Poems after Photographs by August Sander
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Emblems of the Passing World: Poems after Photographs by August Sander

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Taking a cue from this concept, the people in August Sander’s photos perhaps killed and may go on killing. Sander, who took portraits from around 1901 until 1964, straddled many of the horrors of the 20th century, and his subjects, the ordinary citizens of Germany, can easily become the subjects of an imagined smear campaign determined by the future in which they would inevitably take part. They were the commandants, the generals, the followers and the cadets. Simply put, they could be the guilty.

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August Sander’s photographic portraits of ordinary people in Weimar Germany inspire this uncanny new collection of poems by one of America’s most celebrated writers and critics

Through his portraits of ordinary people—soldiers, housewives, children, peasants, and city dwellers—August Sander, the German photographer whose work chronicled the extreme tensions and transitions of the twentieth century, captured a moment in history whose consequences he himself couldn’t have predicted. Using these photographs as a lens, Adam Kirsch’s poems connect the legacy of the First World War with the turmoil of the Weimar Republic with moving immediacy and meditative insight, and foreshadow the Nazi era. Kirsch writes both urgently and poignantly about these photographs, creating a unique dialogue of word and image that will speak to all readers interested in history, past and present.

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