August Sander

Street Musicians, 1922-28 (1922 - 1928)

About this artwork

In his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander aimed to chronicle visually the radical social and political transformations of his time. Urban life was naturally a significant focus of his observation, meriting a category of its own entitled ‘The City’. Like many countries in Western Europe, Germany had been undergoing rapid modernisation since the late nineteenth century and its growing cities were places where this development could be seen in all its intensity, contradictions and problems. Sander’s pictures of urban life show social and political events as well as certain city ‘types’. This photograph is from the portfolio ‘The Street and Street Life’ classified in the group ‘The City’. Other urban characters included in the group are ‘the chauffeur’, ‘the street photographer’ and ‘the organ grinder’.

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  • title: Street Musicians, 1922-28
  • accession number: AL00152
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1922 - 1928
  • measurements: 26.00 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.