August Sander

Leader of a Splinter Party [Dr Braun, German Federation of Intellectual Innovators], 1931 (1931)

About this artwork

This portrait included in the portfolio ‘The Politician’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ shows the subject standing behind a chair, his hands resting on its wooden back. Dr Braun wears a stained and ill-fitting coat, its first button awkwardly closed over a woollen cardigan. His shirt and tie are offset by dark corduroy trousers with a broad stripe, in an outfit that is far more casual than those of the majority of subjects in the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in which ‘The Politician’ is classified. However, unlike the party members featured in his sub-portfolio ‘National Socialists’, this scruffy gentleman’s identity is revealed in the image subtitle, revealing his intellectual status and suggesting that he is an individual of unique cultural interest.

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  • title: Leader of a Splinter Party [Dr Braun, German Federation of Intellectual Innovators], 1931
  • accession number: AL00079
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1931
  • measurements: 25.80 x 15.00 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.