“The German Eye in America” Explores A Unique German-American Perspective On Native American Culture

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Sally Larsen, a Native American artist, set out to explore the perception of Native Americans by photographers and quickly stumbled upon a surprising discovery.  It appears that those that were most interested in documenting the Native American culture happened to be German-American photographers wanting to capture this historic side of their adopted homeland.

After more than a decade of gathering photographs, Larsen is premiering “The German Eye in America” exhibit today, October 25, at the San Francisco Goethe-Institut.  Photos on display include works by popular German artists, including Ingeborg Gerde, Patrick Trefz and Thomas Heinser.  The exhibit provides a look at Sally Larsen’s curiosity on whether or not “the consideration paid to indigenous people by German-born photographers reflects an innate disposition… Might we carry our point-of-view in our DNA? Does a genetic thread connect these German-born photo artists with the spirit of Karl May, von Humboldt, Goethe, and Gutenberg? Is there any such thing as a genetics of aesthetics?

“The German Eye in America” will be on display at San Francisco’s Goethe-Institut until November 30, 2012.  For information on times and place, visit the Goethe-Institute source link below.

 

Source: Deutschland.deSan Francisco Goethe-Institut
Photo by sallylarsen.com  

Stephen Fuchs
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