August Sander

Industrialist, about 1936 (about 1936)

About this artwork

August Sander captures an extraordinary array of textures and a wealth of details in this three-quarter portrait taken in Bonn, Germany. It belongs to the portfolio ‘The Industrialist’, from the second group ‘The Skilled Tradesmen’ in August Sander’s ‘People of the 20th Century’. The purpose of the photograph is thought to have been as part of a company-wide documentation series, explaining its formal lighting and pose. A well-groomed man with closely cropped hair, a perfect shave and impeccable clothing, he gazes straight ahead with an expression of intense concentration. The portrait differs from the photograph ‘Industrialist’ (around 1924) in its relatively shallow depth of field, which picks out the subject’s features in distinct focus while in the foreground and background his shoulders are softly blurred.

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  • title: Industrialist, about 1936
  • accession number: AL00035
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1936
  • measurements: 26.00 x 19.20 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.