August Sander

Architect [Wilhelm Riphahn], about 1932 (about 1932)

About this artwork

This is a portrait of the architect Wilhelm Riphahn (1889–1963). It is included in the portfolio ‘The Architect’, in the group entitled ‘The Artists’ within August Sander’s monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Architects were one of a number of artistic professionals photographed for this group, which also includes portraits of writers, composers, painters, sculptors, actors and performing artists. Based in Cologne, Riphahn worked for the Siemens architecture office and the office of the Taut Brothers and Franz Hoffmann in Berlin early in his career. During World War I and from 1925 to 1931 he worked with the architect Caspar Maria Grod, designing the Cologne UFA Palast in 1931. Built in a record five months and seating 3,000 people, it was the largest cinema in the west of Germany at that time.

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  • title: Architect [Wilhelm Riphahn], about 1932
  • accession number: AL00085
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1932
  • measurements: 25.70 x 17.80 cm (paper 43.80 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.