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Inv. No.S-0084
ArtistAdolf Fassbenderborn 1884 in Germanydied 1980 in USA
Title

"The Sentinels"

from the book "Pictorial Artistry: The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography"
Year1937
Medium

photogravure

Dimensions27 x 20 cm
Comment

Important representative of the American pictorialism. Fassbender was born in Germany and time and again returned to the Black Forest or Tyrol to take pictures.
(Fritz Simak)

The stability and strength of these old poplars is forcefully impressed upon our consciousness, as they tower in all their majesty above the quaint little white-walled farmhouse. How protecting these great trees seem… verdant sentries guarding the humble little farmer’s abode at the end of the road. But these great poplars are veterans of many a campaign… of nature’s wrath… of wind and storm, through the many years that they have valiantly stood at their posts. Now age is beginning to creep up their stems. See how silver threads are beginning to show in the husky leafy tresses. Yet, they sway and bend before the gentle breeze with the grace of youth. Live on, brave poplars! Guard with your strength, and charm with your grace… the double service of your magnificent creation!
Composition:
By placing the house well below the esthetic center of the picture field, greater height and power dramatize the interest of the trees. The light tone of the branches showing through the sparse areas of the dark mass of foliage is welcome contrast. Below the trees the S-curve of the road gracefully leads to the delightful little house. The converging lines of the fence on both sides of the road emphasize the directional lines already suggested, and prevents the interest from straying away from the motive.
Technical Problems:
A great deal of careful darkroom manipulation was required to make the most of the essentially fine pictorial elements of the picture. For example, there was a road in the original print running from left to right across the bottom of the picture area and leading out. The light tone and distracting directional line had to be corrected. So, the fence was “broken through” to permit the roadway to be turned into the picture. The continuing line of the original roadway to the right was eliminated by retouching, which completely unified the directional forces toward the house. High shrubs, which obscured too much of the house, were removed by retouching. The framing heights of the great trees completed the focusing of attention on the house. Part of the fence to the right of the roadway, including the gate, was introduced by retouching magic, so as to gracefully enclose the foreground.
Data:
Camera: Makina, 2 ¼ x 3 ¼
Lens: Anticomar
Stop: f.8
Filter: Dark Yellow
Film: Agfa Super Plenachrome
Exposure: 1/25, in hand
Transparency: 8x10 Eastman Commercial
Paper Negative: 14x17 charcoal black, F
Print: Defender Veltura, P
(Adolf Fassbender, 1937)

S-0084, "The Sentinels"
Adolf Fassbender, "The Sentinels", 1937
S-0084, Front view
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S-0070, Adolf Fassbender, "PICTORIAL ARTISTRY. The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "PICTORIAL ARTISTRY. The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography", 1937
more infoS-0070, Front view
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S-0071, Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
more infoS-0071, Front view
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S-0072, Adolf Fassbender, "The Three Guardians", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Three Guardians", 1937
more infoS-0072, Front view
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S-0073, Adolf Fassbender, "When Hights Were Bold", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "When Hights Were Bold", 1937
more infoS-0073, Front view
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S-0074, Adolf Fassbender, "Bittersweet", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Bittersweet", 1937
more infoS-0074, Front view
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S-0075, Adolf Fassbender, "Figure 8", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Figure 8", 1937
more infoS-0075, Front view
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S-0076, Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
more infoS-0076, Front view
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S-0077, Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
more infoS-0077, Front view
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S-0078, Adolf Fassbender, "The Crooked Mile", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Crooked Mile", 1937
more infoS-0078, Front view
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S-0079, Adolf Fassbender, "Doomed", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Doomed", 1937
more infoS-0079, Front view
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S-0080, Adolf Fassbender, "At Dusk", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "At Dusk", 1937
more infoS-0080, Front view
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S-0081, Adolf Fassbender, "Tranquillity", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Tranquillity", 1937
more infoS-0081, Front view
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S-0082, Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
more infoS-0082, Front view
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S-0083, Adolf Fassbender, "Adoration", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Adoration", 1937
more infoS-0083, Front view
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S-0085, Adolf Fassbender, "Onward", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Onward", 1937
more infoS-0085, Front view
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S-0086, Adolf Fassbender, "The Last Furrow", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Last Furrow", 1937
more infoS-0086, Front view
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S-0087, Adolf Fassbender, "In Memoriam", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "In Memoriam", 1937
more infoS-0087, Front view
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S-0088, Adolf Fassbender, "Hayloft", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Hayloft", 1937
more infoS-0088, Front view
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S-0089, Adolf Fassbender, "Snow Caps", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Snow Caps", 1937
more infoS-0089, Front view
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S-0090, Adolf Fassbender, "Skepticism", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Skepticism", 1937
more infoS-0090, Front view
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S-0091, Adolf Fassbender, "Fishermen’s Menace", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Fishermen’s Menace", 1937
more infoS-0091, Front view
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S-0092, Adolf Fassbender, "City, The Name Be Blessed", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "City, The Name Be Blessed", 1937
more infoS-0092, Front view
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S-0093, Adolf Fassbender, "Departure", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Departure", 1937
more infoS-0093, Front view
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S-0094, Adolf Fassbender, "Rain", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Rain", 1937
more infoS-0094, Front view
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S-0095, Adolf Fassbender, "Abundance", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Abundance", 1937
more infoS-0095, Front view
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S-0096, Adolf Fassbender, "Weed Beauty", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Weed Beauty", 1937
more infoS-0096, Front view
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S-0097, Adolf Fassbender, "Helping Hands", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Helping Hands", 1937
more infoS-0097, Front view
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S-0098, Adolf Fassbender, "The Ice Serpent", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Ice Serpent", 1937
more infoS-0098, Front view
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S-0099, Adolf Fassbender, "Before the Storm", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Before the Storm", 1937
more infoS-0099, Front view
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S-0100, Adolf Fassbender, "Faith", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Faith", 1937
more infoS-0100, Front view
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S-0101, Adolf Fassbender, "The Story", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Story", 1937
more infoS-0101, Front view
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S-0102, Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
more infoS-0102, Front view
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S-0103, Adolf Fassbender, "In his Kingdom", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "In his Kingdom", 1937
more infoS-0103, Front view
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S-0104, Adolf Fassbender, "Good Bye", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Good Bye", 1937
more infoS-0104, Front view
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S-0105, Adolf Fassbender, "City Symphony", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "City Symphony", 1937
more infoS-0105, Front view
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S-0106, Adolf Fassbender, "Solemnity", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Solemnity", 1937
more infoS-0106, Front view
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S-0107, Adolf Fassbender, "Giddy-up!", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Giddy-up!", 1937
more infoS-0107, Front view
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S-0108, Adolf Fassbender, "Finite...Infinite", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Finite...Infinite", 1937
more infoS-0108, Front view
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S-0110, Adolf Fassbender, "Sailor’s Guide", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Sailor’s Guide", 1937
more infoS-0110, Front view
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