Attorney and Art Collector [Joseph Haubrich], 1931 (1931)
About this artwork
This photograph is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Judge and the Attorney’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. While Sander often omitted the names of his subjects, replacing them with succinct titles that suggest their function as representatives of wider social phenomena, the combination of attorney and art collector here lends the subject a sense of increased individuality. However, although the title supplies some extra information, the tight framing of the portrait and its full-frontal viewing evoke a mug-shot. The traditional studio setting omits all narrative detail, giving no hint of Haubrich’s career either as an attorney or as an important collector of expressionist art. The painter Heinrich Hoerle, photographed by Sander as ‘The Painter’ (1928), painted a similar closely-cropped portrait of Haubrich the same year, illustrating the rich interaction of the Cologne circle of artists.
- title: Attorney and Art Collector [Joseph Haubrich], 1931
- accession number: AL00065
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Black and white photograph on paper
- date created: 1931
- measurements: 25.50 x 18.50 cm (paper 43.80 x 33.80 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: © Photograph. Samml. / SK Stiftung Kultur - A. 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.