Peter Sekaer

I love the work of Danish-American photographer Peter Sekaer (1901 – 1950). Resently Steidl published his first monograph called Signs of Life by Peter Sekaer. ‘Sekaer’s early work combines dispassionate images with others that show his concern and intuitive grasp of the human condition. Many of his most memorable photographs were made while fulfilling mundane assignments for various government agencies. Sekaer had none of the reformer’s passion found in the works of Jacob Riis or Lewis Hine. His stance was more that of the artist/anthropologist, who delighted in recording the artifacts and gestures that defined American society in the 1930s.’
(Above “Phrenologists Window, New Orleans”, Peter Sekaer, 1936, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10″)