Absence of Subject

It is with great pleasure that Galleri Image, presents a unique conceptual homage from one artist to another. This original exhibition by American photographer Michael Somoroff is a visual conversation with the legendary German photographer August Sander (1876-1964).
Udstillingsperiode:
12-10-2012 - 11-11-2012
Medie:
Photography, prints and video
Titel:
Absence of Subject
Kunstner:
Michael Somoroff and August Sander
It is with great pleasure that Galleri Image, Scandinavia´s oldest exhibition space for fine-art photography, presents a unique conceptual homage from one artist to another. This original exhibition by American photographer Michael Somoroff is a visual conversation with the legendary German photographer August Sander (1876-1964).

In 2003, Somoroff visited an August Sander exhibition, Menschen des 20th Jahrhunderts (People of the 20thcentury), at the Museum of Modern 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.

About Michael Somoroff
Michael Somoroff (1957) was born and resides in New York. As the son of a photographer, Somoroff grew up with August Sanders work. He began to study photography in New York during the 1970s and as a young man he travelled to Europe, working as a magazine photographer for Life and Vogue. In the 1980s, despite his success in Europe, Somoroff decided to return to New York. In addition to being an accomplished photographer, Michael Somoroff is also a sculptor, filmmaker, writer and philosopher. He has exhibited his work worldwide and is included in the collection of MKG Museum Hamburg and Museum of Modern Art New York. A complete exhibition of The Absence of the Subject, is part of the photography collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and was shown during the 2011 Venice Biennale.

OPENING: Friday 12th October 2012 from 7 pm to 9 pm
TALK: Saturday 13 October 2012 at 14.00 by Michael Somoroff and August Sander’s great-grandson Julian Sander

Illustration
The Three Farmers, 1926-1932, August Sander
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK-Stiftung Kultur -
August Sander Archiv, Koln - VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn, 2011 The Three Farmers, 2007, Michael Somoroff
© Michael Somoroff