Victim of Persecution, c.1938 (about 1938)
About this artwork
With his monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander attempted to chronicle social worlds in radical transformation in his native Germany. A difficult subject he turned to in the mid-1940s, shortly after the war, was the elimination of the Jews by the National Socialists. The portfolio entitled ‘The Persecuted’, from the group ‘The City’, depicts representatives of the German-Jewish middle classes who had either emigrated or were killed in the Nazi concentration camps. It is a powerful visual document of the absence left behind in modern German society by the loss of the Jewish population. Perhaps no other social group contributed as much to the development of German cultural and economic life in the early twentieth century. The large eyes, high brow and intense, expressive look of this anonymous man testify to his intelligence and humanity.
- title: Victim of Persecution, c.1938
- accession number: AL00112
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- medium: Embossed paper in frame
- date created: about 1938
- measurements: 26.00 x 21.00 cm (paper 43.90 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.
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.