August Sander

Blind Girls, c.1930 (about 1930)

About this artwork

From the mid-1920s until the end of his life, August Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and social positions in a monumental documentary project known as People of the 20th Century. The seventh and final group in this project, entitled ‘The Last People’, depicts figures excluded from everyday working life: the ill, the disabled and the dead. The title ‘The Last People’ indicates the low priority these people were given within social hierarchies. This photograph of two blind girls is one of a series of pictures of blind children and adults that Sander took during a visit to The Institute for the Blind in Düren, near his home town of Cologne, around the year 1930. Its subject clearly illustrates the humanitarian concerns that underpinned Sander’s social-documentary photography.

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  • title: Blind Girls, c.1930
  • accession number: AL00160
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1930
  • measurements: 25.90 x 18.50 cm (paper 43.80 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.