Pharoah Sanders

  • Wolfgang Wesener
  • 1989
  • Inv. No. 56.15.02
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone, Celebrit√†
Size M
50x60cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
50x60cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

Pharoah Sanders is an American saxophone player and forerunner of free jazz, well-known for his hard and extreme musical style. In this photography WOWE shows his desire to give an immediate image of the musician, rather than an innovative or original one. The German photographer chooses to portrait Sanders while playing the sax, not to betray the general idea linked to his name and his face. Doing so WOWE, besides treading on his beloved path of naturalism and realism, shows that the really extraordinary aspect of his work is spontaneity.
Wolfgang Wesener, known as Wowe, has been taking pictures for the music magazine Spex since the 1980s, when he was studying Communication Design at the Folkwangschule in Essen. In 1984, following his first show at the Photographie Galerie in Düsseldorf, he left his native Germany for New York, where he started working as an assistant to Hans Namuth, a German photographer who specialized in portraits (he photographed Jackson Pollock) and Evelyn Hofer. In 1985 he exhibited his work at the Olympus Galerie in Hamburg and began working for Details Magazine in New York, supplying it with photographs of nightlife. The following year he began a twelve-year-long partnership with the legendary FAZ-Magazin, a daily supplement to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He moved to Italy in the 1990s, where he continued to take photographs for international magazines and to show his works. He exhibited at the Vera Engelhorn Gallery in New York, where he showed shots from his NY Nightlife (1990), Venetians (1993) and Color Portraits (1996) series. In 2003 he exhibited for the first time in Italy, at the Galleria Valentina Moncada in Rome, taking part in the group show curated by Niels Kummer, NEW YORK – THE GOLDEN YEARS, alongside artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Jimmy De Sana. Over the years he has worked on a number of personal projects focusing on photographic portraiture, showing the images on an international level. In 2008 he featured in the Essence, 25 Years of Portraits exhibition in Berlin and, in 2011, in the Nightclubbing. New York Nightlife in the ‘80s exhibition at the Leica Gallery in New York. He currently lives in the United States.