Francis Pound identified fifteen aspects of Aberhardt’s work, but to me there are seven that really stand out.
- Absence of human figures
- Doors, gates, windows frequently appear
- Temples, shrines, churches, funerary objects frequently appear
- Many subjects are under threat of destruction and show the marks of time
- Frequently there are photographs in his photographs, sometimes even photographs of photographic studios
- Formal, often symmetrical composition
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.