Issue #183  9/9/2011
Obituaries For Blume and Sanderson


German art photographer Bernard Blume passed away suddenly on September 1st in Cologne. He was 74. Bloom along with his wife Anna created sequences of large black-and-white photos of staged scenes in which they appeared themselves, with objects taking on a "life" of their own. The works of Anna and Bernhard Blume have been shown internationally in exhibitions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

As his friend, Paris photography dealer Francoise Paviot told me, "They were a couple, much like the Bechers, but also very different than the Bechera. They created a unique body of work, but without any students, even though they both taught. Bernard studied a lot philosophy and he knew very well the ideas of Kant and Heidegger. "Energy" was one of his favorite words. "Irony" too. The pair worked together for a very long time and their work was all their life.

"When you see a picture by the Blumes, you might think it 'comic or 'strange', and you are immediately interested. But if you think a little bit, you discover something very deep--a real vision of the world and life."



Wiley Devere Sanderson, Jr., pinhole photographer and Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Georgia, died July 30, in Athens, GA. He was also a long-time member of the Daguerreian Society.

Sanderson was born August 26, 1918, in Detroit, MI. Wiley joined the art faculty at the University of Georgia in 1949 and taught for 40 years, retiring in 1989. He initiated the Weaving Textiles and Metal Works programs in the department. In 1953, he introduced Pinhole Photography, one of the first photography courses in the U.S. at the college level. In 1964, Sanderson became Area Chair of Photographic Design, and was replaced by four full-time faculty members in Fabric Design and Metalwork of Jewelry.

Sanderson photographed extensively in Italy, China, and Israel. His pinhole photographs are in numerous museums and collections, including the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the Bibliotheque National, the American Academy in Rome and the Royal Photographic Society and Fox Talbot Museum.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011 at the Beech Haven Baptist Church, 2390 West Broad Street, Athens, GA. A luncheon and celebration of Sanderson's life will follow in the fellowship hall.