August Sander

Boxers, 1929 (1929)

About this artwork

For over fifty years Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and positions in society. This lifelong attempt to document the German people resulted in the ambitious project entitled `People of the 20th Century’. This photograph is from Group One, Portfolio Seven, `Sport’. It shows two boxers standing side-by-side. Together they look like an unusual pair. The figure on the left, tall and composed, stands with his feet perfectly turned out and arms firmly by his sides. The figure on the right, however, wears a huge grin on his face and stands in a more relaxed pose. It is easy to guess who would win in a fight.

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  • title: Boxers, 1929
  • accession number: AL00028
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Documentary Working classes
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1929
  • measurements: 25.90 x 16.70 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.