Antlitz der Zeit [Face of Our Time] 1929 First Edition Hardback

Antlitz der Zeit [Face of Our Time] was published in 1929 and was immensely popular with the artists and writers of his era. Novelist Thomas Mann described the portraits as “a treasure-trove for lovers of physiognomy and an outstanding opportunity for the study of human types.”

“It‘s all about faces: Faces of ordinary people -and a few extraordinary ones- mostly now long dead. Between 1910 and 1934, German photographer August Sander traveled about his country making portraits of the folk he encountered in streets, alleys, music halls, woodlands, universities, kitchens and anywhere else his prying lenses took him. Of this visual documentation, initially titled “Citizens of the 20th Century,” he said his purpose was to “speak the truth in all honesty about our age and the people of our age.” The first of his efforts were published in 1929 as a folio of prints called Antlitz der Zeit [Face of Our Time]…… Unfortunately, if predictably, the images Sander produced didn‘t wear well with the Nazis, who in 1934 confiscated the folios and destroyed the plates. But luckily the negatives were overlooked, so we‘re still able to study and admire the portraits. And they are fascinating.”  From the Washington Post review by Lee Fleming



Author – August Sander

Title – Antlitz der Zeit

Publisher – Transmare Verlag. 1929

Format – Hardcover

Condition – Good

Description – Rare first edition in yellow cloth with small illustration stamped in black on front cover in good condition, but missing original dust jacket. Foreword by Alfred Döblin.

Price – Not for sale – Personal Collection