August Sander

Writer and Theatre Critic [Franx Paul Brückner], about 1926 (about 1926)

About this artwork

This picture of the writer and theatre critic Franz Paul Brückner is one of twelve portraits included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Writer’ within the group ‘The Artists’ from August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. The writers were all photographed in Sander’s studio. Most are shown seated, viewed from a frontal perspective against a neutral background and framed in three-quarter length. This arrangement emphasises the sitters’ body language and the details of their dress and facial expressions, which are highlighted by the camera’s sharp focus. In terms of composition, Sander’s portraits of writers hardly differ from the pictures he took of the representatives of other professions, such as lawyers, businessmen and politicians. This similarity in composition was intended to enable a comparison of the sitters and the social types and classes they represent.

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  • title: Writer and Theatre Critic [Franx Paul Brückner], about 1926
  • accession number: AL00082
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1926
  • measurements: 26.00 x 19.40 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.