August Sander

Engineer and Advertising Manager, about 1935 (about 1935)

About this artwork

August Sander divided his photographic survey ‘The People of the 20th Century’ into seven groups, made up of more than 45 portfolios organised according to the estates, professions and living environments of the German people. While many of the images are studio portraits, the setting of this photograph, included in the portfolio ‘The Technician and the Inventor’, is filled with narrative detail. Instead of relying solely on the title ‘Engineer and Advertising Manager’ as he often did, here Sander surrounded his subject with the tools of his trade. A newspaper, a pamphlet entitled ‘Electrical’, a journal under the blotter and an advertising broadsheet on lithographic printing presses just visible by the telephone testify to the manager’s profession. Grasping the telephone and poised to take notes, he looks into the distance apparently listening attentively, as though thoroughly immersed in his work.

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  • title: Engineer and Advertising Manager, about 1935
  • accession number: AL00043
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1935
  • measurements: 25.90 x 20.80 cm (paper 44.00 x 33.90 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.