August Sander

Young Teacher, about 1928 (about 1928)

About this artwork

August Sander photographed this young teacher with his German Shepherd dog standing before two fir trees to include in his portfolio ‘The Teacher and Educator’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’, in his major photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Though this portfolio includes no photographs taken after the National Socialist ascension to power in 1933, the project as a whole was expanded and edited until Sander’s death in 1964, seeking to establish a typology of the German people during his life. Here the subject is viewed straight on, his muddy boots and the dog straining on his lead suggesting they have halted during an afternoon walk through the Westerwald.

see media
  • title: Young Teacher, about 1928
  • accession number: AL00075
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1928
  • measurements: 25.80 x 19.20 cm (paper 43.90 x 34.00 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.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

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.