Physician [Carl Robert Schlayer], 1929 (1929)
About this artwork
The portfolio entitled ‘The Doctor and the Pharmacist’ is included in the group ‘Classes and Professions’ within August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. In this portfolio, Sander introduces both representatives of alternative healing methods, such as ‘Herbalist’ (1929), and practitioners of orthodox medicine as represented here by the doctor. Such juxtapositions were crucial to his vision of the project as a whole, in which individual images depend on and inform each other. Dr Carl Robert Schlayer was photographed in his white-tiled Berlin laboratory, two large glass cylinders in a metal frame to his left behind him emphasising his medical authority. The doctor stands in a contrapposto pose, one knee slightly bent, his left hand in his trouser pocket, his right holding his watch chain at chest height. His eyebrows are drawn together behind his glasses in an expression of stern concentration.
- title: Physician [Carl Robert Schlayer], 1929
- accession number: AL00063
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- medium: Embossed paper in frame
- date created: 1929
- measurements: 25.70 x 17.80 cm (paper 43.80 x 33.60 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.
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.