August Sander
[Photographer, b. 1876, Herdorf, Germany, d. 1964, Cologne.]

 ... mortification is basic to the act of photographing. The person is mobile, ... then I freeze one moment in his movement, a mere five-hundredth of a second of that person’s life-time. That’s a very meager or small extract from a life. 
 I never made a person look bad. They do that themselves. The portrait is your mirror. 
 Nothing is more abhorrent to me than sugary-sweet photography full of pretense, poses, and gimmickry. For this reason, I have allowed myself to tell the truth about our times and people in a sincere manner. 
 No language on earth speaks as comprehensively as photography, always providing that we follow the chemical and optic and physical path to demonstrable truth, and understand physiognomy. 
 In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated. 
 By sight and observation and thought, with the help of the camera, and the addition of the date of the year, we can hold fast the history of the world. 
 Pure photography allows us to create portraits which render their subjects with absolute truth, truth both physical and psychological. That is the principal which provided my starting point, once I had said to myself that if we can create portraits of subjects that are true, we thereby in effect create a mirror of the times in which those subjects live. 
 The field in which photography has so great a power of expression that language can never approach it, is physiognomy. 
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