August Sander

Architect [Hans Poelzig], 1929 (1929)

About this artwork

Many of the people portrayed in the group entitled ‘The Artists’ within August Sander’s ambitious project ‘People of the 20th Century’ were amongst the most influential artistic figures of the Weimar Republic. This is a photograph from the portfolio ‘The Architect’ of the architect Hans Poelzig (1869–1936) who contributed significantly to the development of expressionist architecture and later the architecture of the New Objectivity. During 1923–35 Poelzig taught at the Technical University of Berlin. He was also Director of the Architecture Department of the Prussian Academy of the Arts and held key positions in the Deutscher Werkbund. During the 1920s Poelzig increasingly promoted a modern functional building style premised on simple, large geometrical designs and the use of such new industrial materials as iron and reinforced concrete. Sander sympathised with Poelzig’s architectural style, which resonated strongly with his own realist approach to photography.

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  • title: Architect [Hans Poelzig], 1929
  • accession number: AL00086
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1929
  • measurements: 25.90 x 17.90 cm (paper 44.40 x 34.00 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.