August Sander

Engaged Farming Couple, 1911-1914 (1911 - 1914)

About this artwork

August Sander divided his photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people, ‘People of the 20th Century’, into seven groups and more than 45 portfolios. This photograph from the group 'The Farmer' is included in the portfolio ‘The Young Farmer’, which illustrates the younger generation of the Westerwald region’s population. As the title suggests, this image was probably commissioned to commemorate the occasion of the couple’s engagement. Standing in a garden before a wooden structure, the solemn bride and groom are beautifully attired. The shape of the bride’s delicate tiara is echoed in her ruffled lace collar and brooch, while the floral theme is reiterated in his boutonniere. Their hands, aligned almost level across their midsections, display shiny rings signifying their new social status. A slight extension of the groom’s left leg breaks the static nature of the composition and is a literal suggestion of the next step in their life.

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  • title: Engaged Farming Couple, 1911-1914
  • accession number: AL00139
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1911 - 1914
  • measurements: 25.90 x 18.80 cm (paper 43.90 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.