Framing The World Through My Photographs
What Is A Portrait ?
Where Are They Found?
Who Commissions Then &Why?
What should a portrait include/exclude?
‘German Portraits’- 1918-33′
Sanders photographs reveal the face of Germany during the Weimar period, after WW1, and just before the rise of Hittlers third Reich. His series of images examines the significant period in Sanders career.
Sander photographed people in Germany, people in their day to day life.
It is believed that most images got destroyed as they did not conform with Aryan beliefs.
Arbus generally photographs people on the edge of society.
Arbus said that she was “afraid . . . that she would be known simply as ‘the photographer of freaks”.
When I first looked at this image on the of the boy I didn’t think too much of it, I just thought it was almost like a family snap shot, where the little boy was just messing around. But when looking closer at the image closer I see that he is holding a hand grenade, which is shocking to the viewer as you wouldn’t expect a boy of around 8 to be holding a grenade.
I personally am not fond of this image as it makes me feel slightly uncomfortable i think this is due to the un easy facial expression. I reckon that if the images was in colour it would not have been as effective as it would look like a normal family snap.