August Sander

Blind People, c.1930 (about 1930)

About this artwork

With his monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander aimed to document visually the social structures and divisions of his time. He organised the project into seven groups of photographs representing a range of social and professional classes including ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesmen’ and ‘The Artists’. This picture of two blind men is from the final group entitled 'The Last People', which attests to Sander’s particular interest in documenting not only the dominant social classes, but also those people on the margins of society who are usually given little visibility and importance. ‘The Last People’ consists of only one portfolio. Entitled ‘Idiots, the Sick, the Insane and Matter’, it depicts people suffering from such disabilities as blindness, as well as illness and old age.

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  • title: Blind People, c.1930
  • accession number: AL00161
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1930
  • measurements: 26.00 x 20.50 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.