August Sander

Children Born Blind, c.1930 (about 1930)

About this artwork

With his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander aimed to provide an image of his time for subsequent generations. The project’s more than 500 photographs are divided into seven groups, representing the social structures and employment divisions in Sander’s native Germany. This picture of two blind children is from the final group entitled ‘The Last People’, which depicts people excluded from everyday working life in modern society. In Sander’s typological approach the subjects shown in this group are categorised as ‘Idiots’, ‘the Sick’, and ‘the Insane’. Although these labels might appear discriminatory, Sander’s objective treatment of these figures was no different from his approach to all the other social groups depicted in his project, eliminating any negative connotations.

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  • title: Children Born Blind, c.1930
  • accession number: AL00116
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1930
  • measurements: 26.00 x 19.10 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.