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Adolf Fassbender, 1884-1980
Title: Sentinels

Medium: Vintage
Photogravure 
Mount: unmounted
Print Date: 1937
Photo Date: 1937
Dimensions: 10 15/16 x 7 7/8 in.
Photo Country: Unknown
Photographer Country: Germany

 

 

Adolf Fassbender, 1884-1980  
Title: Snow Caps, NYC

Medium: Vintage
Photogravure 
Mount: unmounted
Print Date: 1936
Photo Date: 1937
Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 10 3/8 in.
Photo Country: USA
Photographer Country: Germany
Description: Signature stamp, verso. Full margins.

 

 

 

 

Adolf Fassbender, 1884-1980  
Title: Doomed

Medium:
Vintage Photogravure 
Mount: unmounted
Print Date: 1937
Photo Date: 1937
Dimensions: 8 3/16 x 10 1/2 in.
Photo Country: Unknown
Photographer Country: Germany

 

 


 

 

 

 

Adolf Fassbender, 1884-1980  
Title: Budding Contenders

Medium: Vintage
Photogravure 
Mount: unmounted
Print Date: 1937
Photo Date: 1937
Dimensions: 8 3/16 x 10 1/2 in.
Photo Country: USA
Photographer Country: Germany
Description: Signature stamp, verso. Full margins.

 

 

Adolf Fassbender, 1884-1980  
Title: Figure 8, Winter in Central Park, NYC

Medium:
Vintage Photogravure 
Mount: unmounted
Print Date: 1937
Photo Date: 1937
Dimensions: 11 1/16 x 8 1/8 in.
Photo Country: USA
Photographer Country: Germany
Description: Signature stamp, verso. Full margins.

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Adolf Fassbender, German/American (1884-1980)

Adolf "Papa" Fassbender known affectionately to his students was born in Cologne, Germany, began his photographic career in 1897 as an apprentice. He moved to the United States in 1912 and worked for the Selby Sisters Studio and then for Pirie MacDonald who was New York's famed society photographer. He operated his own studio for five years before deciding, in 1927, to spend the rest of his life teaching and making art. In 1927, following the lead of Alfred Stieglitz, "Papa" Fassbender devoted himself solely to creating artistic photographs, joining the ranks of photographers labeled the "Pictorialists". His iconic photographs, created in the 1930's through the 1950's, highlight the drama between light and dark. Fassbender wrote several classic texts on photography, and was a founding member of the Photographic Society of America.

Papa, inducted into the Photography Hall of Fame upon his death in 1980, had numerous degrees and awards, including an Honorary Fellowship and Progress Medal from the Photographic Society of America. He was also awarded an Honorary Master of Photography, Master of Photography and was the George Harris Award from the Professional Photographers of America.

His influence was also felt overseas as he had been given Honorary Fellowships in both the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and the Institute of Incorporated Photographers of Great Britain.

Adolf Fassbender died in New Jersey in 1980.