Whether due to failed integration or a lack of integrity among elite managers, the picture of our country is sadly developing through ongoing debate and is marked by stereotypes, blanket statements and prejudices. The depth of these things is often overlooked in our media-ruled society. This seems to leave us desperate, aggressive and without perspective.
Only by stripping away these preconceived notions can we see individuals as they truly are.
Throughout this series, Carsten Sander minimizes visual distraction through the use of a simple backdrop and brings out the essence of the sitter by capturing neutral facial expressions. In this reduced setting, conformity creates individuality. As a result the viewer sees faces that transmit more than a social standing. Suddenly aggression begins to pair with desire, arrogance with insecurity, ignorance with understanding.
A thousand people with a thousand different stories are brought together for this visionary project.
Without the use of effects or poses, Carsten reveals a different side of Germany, and invites you to take a close look at what´s behind the faces of the people who live here.