Banker, 1929 (1929)
About this artwork
August Sander’s monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ - divided into seven groups and over 45 portfolios - that was intended to be a representative typology of the German people classified according to their estates, professions and living environments. The portfolio entitled ‘The Businessman’ from the portfolio ‘Classes and Professions’ presents a variety of social classes encompassing a wide range of commercial activity. Here the banker is pictured smartly dressed and coiffed, sitting behind a desk strewn with the instruments of his trade, apparently caught in the act of reading and smoking a cigar. The date of the portrait is a reminder of the political and social upheaval that rocked much of the world in the economic crash of 1929.
- title: Banker, 1929
- accession number: AL00076
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Black and white photograph on paper
- date created: 1929
- measurements: 25.20 x 19.50 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: © 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.