August Sander

Art Dealer [Sam Saltz], 1927 (1927)

About this artwork

August Sander photographed the art dealer Sam Salz in the entrance to a gallery holding a rolled journal in his hand. The female profile discernable on the front cover of the magazine is that of a modern woman with short hair pictured in a fashionable print, confirming Salz’s interest in contemporary art. He wears a large tweed coat and hat, and his expression is slightly obscured by his thick dark moustache. Leaning against the doorframe, he appears to have been captured in a fleeting moment of his daily routine, about to enter or exit an exhibition of paintings that are visible out of focus in the room behind him. This portrait is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Businessman’ in Sander’s major project ‘People of the 20th Century’, within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ that includes a wide range of working people.

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  • title: Art Dealer [Sam Saltz], 1927
  • accession number: AL00078
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1927
  • measurements: 25.90 x 19.00 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: © 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.