15th september 2004
the roller of big cigars

August  Sander, Pastrycook  1928

Occasionally I think of this photograph, and always meant to post it with an apposite quote, but now I've found it online (the Met in New York currently have a Sander exhibit) I've forgotten what the quote was. But it's a great example of photography as Renaissance painting, with a perspective leading to the face and the arms making an opposing axis leading to the mixing bowl.
Amazing to think that 30,000 of Sander's negatives were destroyed in a fire in the 40s, one of the great losses of documentary history.