August Sander

Young Farmer, 1912-13 (1912 -1913)

About this artwork

August Sander’s ambition to create a photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people resulted in the collection ‘The People of the 20th Century’. Composed of over 500 images, Sander divided the opus into seven groups and over 45 portfolios according to the living environments, professions and estates of his subjects. The first group in the series is called ‘The Farmer’ and this image appears in the portfolio, ‘The Young Farmer’, of which this photograph shares its title. The horse is an unusual addition to the portraits of this portfolio, and aids in the narration of thethe daily life of this young farmer. He stands confidently alongside the horse, holding its bridle and a riding switch in the hand placed on his hip. The image is related to ‘Farmer working the fields’ about 1930, within the portfolio ‘The Farmer – His Life and Work’, and illustrates Sander’s emphasis on his individual photographs within the context of the wider series, conceived as a typology of the German populace.

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  • title: Young Farmer, 1912-13
  • accession number: AL00016
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1912 -1913
  • measurements: 25.70 x 20.10 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm; frame: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright: © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2016.
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August Sander

August Sander

Considered one of the finest photographers of the twentieth century, Sander's bold style of portrait photography, as well as his typological approach, has had an enormous influence on modern photography. During his apprenticeship in several German studios and his time in his own studio in Austria, he developed his individual style. Then in 1910 Sander moved to Cologne and produced his first large group of photographs, which he later included in his concept "People of the 20th Century". This was created in the mid-1920s and compiled up until the 1950s. He photographed groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and positions in society.