August Sander

Industrialist, about 1924 (about 1924)

About this artwork

This tightly framed bust portrait belongs to the portfolio ‘The Industrialist’, from the group ‘The Skilled Tradesman’ in August Sander’s ambitious photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ that he compiled over several decades. The portfolio originated to some extent in commissions documenting the companies for which the industrialists worked. Here, the industrialist’s calm expression and steady gaze illustrate Sander’s uncommon ability to set his subjects at ease. The carefully controlled lighting and muted background of grey and black suggest that this is a studio setting. The darkness of the industrialist’s suit is offset by his contrasting white shirt collar and pocket handkerchief and their echoes in a gleaming button and tiepin, but his face and steady gaze are the focal point of the composition.

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  • title: Industrialist, about 1924
  • accession number: AL00034
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1924
  • measurements: 26.00 x 19.10 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.