August Sander

Student Corps Member (Fraternity Student), 1925 (1925)

About this artwork

This portrait of a fraternity student is the first in the portfolio entitled ‘The Student’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Alongside other photographs with the same name, from this portfolio, it documents the traditional mode of studentship in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany. The student’s face is marked by distinctive scars, suggesting that he was an active member of a fencing club. The student wears his dress uniform, decorated with a medal, and a cap bearing a band of oak leaves and the initials of his fraternity in its centre. Posed against a white background, the student gazes earnestly out of this studio portrait.

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  • title: Student Corps Member (Fraternity Student), 1925
  • accession number: AL00138
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1925
  • 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.