Old Farmer, 1931-2 (1931 - 1932)
About this artwork
With his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ August Sander aimed visually to chronicle social life in his native Germany. The seven groups of photographs that make up the project represent some of the social classes and professions of his time: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’. ‘Old Farmer’ belongs to the final group 'The Last People', which is dedicated to figures that are often forgotten or ignored such as the ill, the disabled, the old and the insane, illustrating the humanitarian concerns and sensibilities that underpin Sander’s work. This particular photograph was taken in the Westerwald, where most of Sander’s photographic studies of farming people and their rural and traditional ways of living were undertaken.
- title: Old Farmer, 1931-2
- accession number: AL00117
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Black and white photograph on paper
- date created: 1931 - 1932
- measurements: 26.20 x 19.90 cm (paper 43.80 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: © Photograph. Samml. / SK Stiftung Kultur - A. 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.