August Sander

The Architect Hans Heinz Luttgen and his Wife Dora, 1926 (1926)

About this artwork

For his ambitious photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ Sander’s approach was highly methodical and based on a quasi sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups: this photograph is from the third group, ‘The Woman’, and the 13th portfolio entitled ‘Woman and Man’. It shows the architect Hans Heinz Lüttgen and his wife Dora sitting in close proximity. His intense forward gaze dominates the image, set in tension between his slightly turned frontal pose and her profile; Dora looks into the distance beyond the picture frame. Sander photographed Hans and Dora in several poses in Cologne, using the resulting images in a variety of contexts, including the group’s 16th portfolio ‘The Elegant Woman’ in which Dora features as ‘Architect’s Wife’ (1926).

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  • title: The Architect Hans Heinz Luttgen and his Wife Dora, 1926
  • accession number: AL00142
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1926
  • measurements: 20.50 x 24.20 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.