August Sander

Red Cross Nurse, 1924 (1924)

About this artwork

‘Red Cross Nurse’ is included in the portfolio entitled Occupation within the group ‘The Woman’ in August Sander’s photographic opus ‘People of the 20th Century’. A seated, traditionally-posed studio portrait, its background lacks narrative detail serving merely to frame the nurse’s face and upper body. Further framing is provided by the luminous insignia of the red cross emblem in white squares on each lapel of her jacket and on a round medallion that sits between the corners of the collar beneath her chin. The white band around her headscarf is likewise decorated with small versions of the emblem alternating with the initials RK (standing for Rotes Kreuz, meaning Red Cross) that run along the entire band, encircling her head and echoing the shape of her face.

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  • title: Red Cross Nurse, 1924
  • accession number: AL00056
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1924
  • measurements: 25.90 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.