August Sander

Magnetopath, 1924 (1924)

About this artwork

The portfolio 'The Doctor and the Pharmacist' is included in the group 'Classes and Professions', within August Sander’s photographic typography 'People of the 20th Century'. Sander introduces both representatives of alternative healing methods, such as 'Herbalist' (1929), and practitioners of orthodox medicine, such as 'The Doctor' (1929) in this portfolio. Such juxtapositions were crucial to his understanding of the project as a whole in which individual images depended on and informed each other.

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  • title: Magnetopath, 1924
  • accession number: AL00064
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1924
  • measurements: 25.80 x 19.00 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.