August Sander

Farmer Working the Fields, about 1930 (about 1930)

About this artwork

August Sander divided more than 500 images that made up his photographic opus ‘People of the 20th Century’ into seven groups and 45 portfolios. The group ‘The Farmer’ contains twelve portfolios and this image is included in the portfolio ‘The Farmer – His Life and Work’. Here, a farmer stands on a field with his oxen behind him, in front of a background of trees and the sky. The allusion to his next step, with his left leg extended, imbues the photograph with a sense of dynamism and physical activity, suggesting that the farmer is looking into the camera mid-stride. There is a sense of proprietary pride and satisfaction in the presentation of the farmer in his familiar environment which seems far removed from the upheavels in the German political scene at the time.

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  • title: Farmer Working the Fields, about 1930
  • accession number: AL00021
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1930
  • measurements: 25.90 x 19.80 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 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.