August Sander

Fraternity Students, 1925 (1925)

About this artwork

This portrait of a fraternity student is from the portfolio entitled ‘The Student’ within ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic typology ‘People of the 20th Century’. The group is composed of 12 portfolios depicting members of the various types and vocations making up German society. Along with such photographs as ‘Fraternity Students’ (1921) and ‘Student Corps Member’ (1925), it documents the traditional mode of studentship in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany. Sander juxtaposed this formal tradition with a series of photographs of working students in the portfolio, emphasising both his ambition to use photography as a documentation of social reality, and his wish for the series in its entirety to inform the individual image.

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  • title: Fraternity Students, 1925
  • accession number: AL00146
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1925
  • measurements: 25.20 x 19.50 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.