August Sander

Bohemians [Willi Bongard and Gottfried Brockmann], 1922-5 (1922 - 1925)

About this artwork

From the mid-1920s onwards August Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their social status and professional occupation in a monumental project entitled ‘People of the 20th Century’. More than 500 hundred photographs documenting German society at this time of rapid modernisation are organised into seven groups: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’. This portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘Types and Figures of the City’ within the sixth group, ‘The City’. It shows the artists Willi Bongard and Gottfried Brockmann, who were associated with the Cologne Dada movement and the group of artists known as the Cologne Progressives. The title of the picture, ‘Bohemians’, establishes the two artists as representatives of the unconventional lifestyle of the early twentieth-century avant-garde.

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  • title: Bohemians [Willi Bongard and Gottfried Brockmann], 1922-5
  • accession number: AL00106
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1922 - 1925
  • measurements: 18.90 x 25.00 cm (paper 44.00 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.