August Sander

Konditor [Pastry Cook], 1928 (1928)

About this artwork

For his ambitious photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ Sander’s approach was highly methodical and based on a quasi sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’. This photograph is from the eighth portfolio in the second group, entitled ‘The Master Craftsman’, and shows a pastry cook standing proudly in a commercial kitchen. It is cleverly composed with a rhythm of curves that flow from the chef’s bald head, down over his round belly and into the large steel bowl beneath his hands. The chef’s confident pose confers a sense of authority and authenticity to the image.

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  • title: Konditor [Pastry Cook], 1928
  • accession number: AL00033
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Food and drink Documentary Working classes
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1928
  • measurements: 26.00 x 17.30 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.