August Sander

Grocer and Hardware Dealer, about 1929 (about 1929)

About this artwork

This portrait is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Businessman’ from the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s ambitious project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Comprising of more than 500 photographs divided into seven groups and over 45 portfolios, the project was intended to present an accurate typology of the German people. Here the grocer stands behind a marble counter before a gridded background of wooden drawers and shelves containing stacked oblong paper packets. Although Sander has omitted the subject’s name and location as was his frequent practice, the paper bag set on the scales bears his name and address: ‘Johannes Odenthal in Cologne’. His head slightly tilted to the right, the grocer gazes inquiringly towards the photographer.

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  • title: Grocer and Hardware Dealer, about 1929
  • accession number: AL00077
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1929
  • measurements: 26.20 x 18.80 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.