August Sander

Artists’ Party, c.1930 (about 1930)

About this artwork

August Sander took a methodical approach in photographing the subjects of his ambitious project ‘People of the 20th Century’, which was based on a quasi-sociological analysis of modern Germany. He divided his portraits into seven groups: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’. This image derives from the portfolio entitled ‘Festivities’ within the sixth group, ‘The City’. In his attempt to document urban life in his adopted home city of Cologne, Sander photographed everyday occurrences as well as particular social and cultural events. In Cologne and the Rhineland, carnival is one of the most important civic festivals of the year, and this is reflected in the large number of pictures that Sander took of carnival celebrations. This portrait shows two men striking bohemian theatrical poses at an artists’ carnival party, where Sander himself probably was a guest.

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  • title: Artists’ Party, c.1930
  • accession number: AL00102
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1930
  • measurements: 25.90 x 15.70 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.