August Sander

Village Schoolteacher, 1921 (1921)

About this artwork

The portfolio entitled ‘The Teacher and the Educator’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ features a significant number of portraits from the Westerwald region of Germany. Like the portfolio entitled ‘The Clergyman’, ‘The Teacher and the Educator’ comprises photographs taken before the National Socialist ascension to power in 1933. Here the village schoolteacher is shown in his free time, walking with his dog along a country road that curves into the distance behind him beside a forest of pines. The dog sits patiently at his master’s heels, though the stick and lead in the teacher’s hand suggest that the two are about to spring into action. The shirt and tie underneath his smart tweed jacket illustrate the teacher’s high social position in the rural community, as does the burning cigar clenched in his left fist.

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  • title: Village Schoolteacher, 1921
  • accession number: AL00074
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1921
  • measurements: 26.00 x 18.90 cm (paper 43.90 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.