August Sander

Political Prisoner [Friedrich Loot], 1943 (1943)

About this artwork

August Sander worked on his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ from the mid-1920s until the end of his life. It comprises over 500 photographs classified into seven groups, which are further subdivided into more than 45 portfolios representing the social classes and professional divisions of the time. This is a photograph from the portfolio entitled ‘Political Prisoners’, from the group ‘The City’, that Sander compiled in the mid-1940s, after the end of World War II and the defeat of the National Socialist regime. The subject was a personal one for Sander, as his son Erich had been persecuted by the Nazis in 1934 and died ten years later in Siegburg Prison. Erich took all the photographs included in the portfolio during his imprisonment, smuggling them out to his parents and requesting that they pass them on to the relatives and friends of those depicted.

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  • title: Political Prisoner [Friedrich Loot], 1943
  • accession number: AL00133
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1943
  • measurements: 25.40 x 19.00 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.