Nov 15, 2013
Jul 6, 2010
Nov 15, 2013

The Questioner

The Questioner


Anton Stankowski

(German, 1906–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 16.9 x 11.9 cm (6 5/8 x 4 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.152



In what is almost undoubtedly a self-portrait, the artist turns his head to look into the camera, and thus at the viewer. Despite eye contact, the extremes of deep shadow and bright light obscure his face, adding to the sense of intrigue. Stankowski went on to become a major figure in graphic design, applying avant-garde composition and typographic strategies, incorporating photography into advertising, and creating corporate identities and logos for major international companies.

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