Francis Pound identified fifteen aspects of Aberhardt’s work, but to me there are seven that really stand out.

  1. Absence of human figures
  2. Doors, gates, windows frequently appear
  3. Temples, shrines, churches, funerary objects frequently appear
  4. Many subjects are under threat of destruction and show the marks of time
  5. Frequently there are photographs in his photographs, sometimes even photographs of photographic studios
  6. Formal, often symmetrical composition
  7. Stillness

Because Aberhardt’s camera of choice is a full size view camera his images are always going to have more in common with Atget than Garry Winogrand’s work. His work captures an elegant stillness that has almost a magical quality to it.

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