With the People of the 21st Century project, Jan Kaesbach profoundly reflects on the nature of photography, starting from its origins and adopting the genre of portraiture, to come down to our day through the use of moving images. The artist takes up the approach of August Sander, the famous German photographer known for the neutral character of his portraits. Applying the concepts of video to photography and the classic principles of mid-eighteenth-century photography to video, Kaesbach creates a hybrid of the two arts, an almost painterly portrait that develops diachronically in the flow of time. Seated in front of the camera without paying attention to the timing of the perfect portrait, without posing his models and without setting up a spectacular backdrop, the artist records facial features and body movement, and extends exposure, shifting from fixity to barely perceptible movements. There is no story or sound: just the person’s breathing, the blinking eyelids and other tiny movements that make the human body alive. The Master Tradesmen series which is part of this project was made during a trip to Italy, where the artist portrayed workers and craftsmen in proud and monumental poses, people whose professions – blacksmith, stonemason, luthier, restorer – have become increasingly rare in the 21st century.