August Sander

Public Prosecutor, about 1931 (about 1931)

About this artwork

This photograph is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Official’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Drawing on the commissioned portraits he had taken during the Wilhelmine era, Sander decided to compile a typology of the German people during the 1920s, continuing to expand and edit the project until his death in 1964. This frontal portrait presents a composed young legal prosecutor sitting on a wooden chair in front of patterned wallpaper. He is dressed in a formal three-piece suit, his hair combed down flat against his head. Leaning slightly forwards, he rests his elbows on the chair’s curved arms and presses his fingertips together in a prayer position.

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  • title: Public Prosecutor, about 1931
  • accession number: AL00062
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1931
  • measurements: 25.20 x 20.70 cm (paper 43.80 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.