August Sander

Raoul Hausmann als Tänzer [Raoul Hausman as Dancer], 1929 (1929)

About this artwork

Throughout his career Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and positions in society. This ambitious attempt to document the German people resulted in the monumental project People of the 20th Century. He organised over 500 photographs 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’. Pictured here, Raoul Hausmann (1886–1971) was a member of the Berlin Dada group in the years after World War I, writing many key texts and editing the journal ‘Der Dada’. He also co-organised many Dada events, such as the ‘First International Dada Fair’ in 1920. In his Dada activities, Hausmann purposely blurred the boundaries between the arts, including photography and dance. Here Sander has recorded him exploring physical expression.

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  • title: Raoul Hausmann als Tänzer [Raoul Hausman as Dancer], 1929
  • accession number: AL00129
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: Documentary Performing Arts
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1929
  • measurements: 26.00 x 18.80 cm (paper 44.00 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.