– 1,000 GERMANS meet 1,000 AMERICANS –

Where better to proceed this exceptional work than in the USA. A grand nation that has ever since generated its greatness out of the millions of individuals with their own culture, heritage, dreams and ideas that came together in one nation. CARSTEN SANDER is up to document this nation, pure and simple by seeing what this nation is made of – the people forming it.

1,000 faces, 50 states, within 25.000 km – CARSTEN SANDER will create one picture of this grand nation. Within 3 months the mobile Studio will be traveling from coast to coast. The results will be shown in several exihibitons and one great book of the US. The exciting tour will be documented by a film crew and accompanied by constant social media and PR activities. To celebrate the deep bond between USA and Germany both exhibitions “Heimat USA” and “Heimat Germany” will be shown together, face to face in 2018?


HEIMAT is not about place, but rather about people, says CARSTEN SANDER. For seven years he portrayed 1,000 people all over Germany. More than just showing a label CARSTEN SANDER looks behind the facade and discover the person. Viewed up close, the uniqueness and individuality of each portrait is clear. However, viewed from a distance the elements of the images blur and blend into something bigger. What binds all these different identities is their common belonging to a HEIMAT.


Carsten Sander presents in an egalitarian fashion the poor, the rich, the famous, the happy and the sick, the old and the young. Sander photographs his subjects’ faces from the front, without them posing and with the same background, thus capturing the essence of each human being and offering a glimpse into their soul. The Patron of the project is former Minister of Foreign Affairs and symbol of German Reunification Hans-Dietrich Genscher.



With 1000 portraits, the photo art project "HEIMAT. DEUTSCHLAND DEINE GESICHTER" / "HEIMAT. FACES OF GERMANY" by CARSTEN SANDER shows a modern and colorful picture of German society. It is a statement about tolerance and peaceful co-existence where everyone can be who they want to be. In these politically troubled time we need solidarity.

… Eye to eye –
Be a Part of it and make it happen!

Example of an american catalogue.


HEIMAT is a German word that denotes the relationship of a human being toward a certain spatial social unit. The term forms a contrast to social alienation and usually carries positive connotations. (…) People are bound to their Heimat by their birth and their childhood, their language, their earliest experiences or acquired affinity. (...)