August Sander

Jockey, about 1930 (about 1930)

About this artwork

August Sander included ‘Jockey’ in his portfolio ‘Sport’, in ‘The Farmer’ group of his wide-ranging project ‘People of the 20th Century.’ Compiled of over 500 images, organised into seven groups and over 45 portfolios, the project was intended as a typology of the German population delineated by estate, profession and living environment. The photograph ‘Jockey’ is one of the most overtly urban scenes of the portfolio; which occupies a middle ground between rural and urban populations in its photographs of popular leisure activities. The jockey stands casually in a road that runs alongside a house-wall in contrapposto pose, his right knee bent and riding crop held loosely in hand. In full costume that includes a black-silk top hat, spotless white vest and gloves and a monocle, his profession would probably have been apparent to Sander’s contemporary audience even without the title.

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  • title: Jockey, about 1930
  • accession number: AL00029
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1930
  • measurements: 25.80 x 18.50 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.