August Sander

Young National Socialist, 1941 (1941)

About this artwork

August Sander created a portfolio entitled ‘National Socialists’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in his project ‘People of the 20th Century’ in response to the political situation in 1930s Germany. He divided his photographic project comprising more than 500 images into seven groups, made up of over 45 portfolios classified according to the estates, professions and living environments of the German people. This portfolio, which denotes the subjects’ shared political affiliation as members of the National Socialist Party, is distinct from the portraits of members of the German military. This striking photograph shows a blonde young man in his uniform, medals shining on his breast, his hands tightly clasped below his waist, looking at the camera with an expression of grave concentration.

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  • title: Young National Socialist, 1941
  • accession number: AL00149
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1941
  • measurements: 25.70 x 17.40 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.