August Sander

Paper Manufacturer and Wife, 1932 (1932)

About this artwork

The group entitled ‘The Woman’ in August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ begins with the portfolio ‘Woman and Man’. This comprises a series of portraits of couples taken in the 1920s and 1930s, among them ‘Paper Manufacturer and Wife’. Seated on ornately carved wooden chairs in a courtyard before a house, the pair are fashionably attired. The paper manufacturer slouches in his seat, crossing one hand over the wrist of the other, a lit cigarette held between his fingers while he looks into the right distance. By contrast, his wife leans in slightly toward the camera, her legs crossed and her hands folded in her lap, making direct eye contact with the photographer. Her confident pose and calmly attentive expression suggest that in matters of business she is very much her husband’s partner.

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  • title: Paper Manufacturer and Wife, 1932
  • accession number: AL00044
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1932
  • measurements: 25.40 x 19.80 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.