August Sander

Member of the Hitler Youth, c.1941 (about 1941)

About this artwork

August Sander included this portrait in the portfolio entitled ‘National Socialists’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in his wide-ranging project ‘People of the 20th Century’. It includes more than 500 pictures and is divided into seven groups composed of over 45 portfolios, of which only this one is defined by political affiliation. The outdoor setting of this full-length portrait resonates with those classified in the first group ‘The Farmer’, which also originated in the Westerwald region. The photograph exemplifies Sander’s skilful use of grey tones and a broad depth of field enabling him to capture a rich variety of textures. Standing on uncut grass before a fence and fruit trees, the boy is shown in his uniform, his boots polished, his hair carefully combed and a swastika armband in place. His left hand rests on his belt buckle as he looks enigmatically back at the camera.

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  • title: Member of the Hitler Youth, c.1941
  • accession number: AL00148
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1941
  • measurements: 25.90 x 18.50 cm (paper 43.90 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.