August Sander

Farm Girl, c.1910 (about 1910)

About this artwork

August Sander conceived his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ in the mid-1920s after establishing his career as a portrait photographer. His aim was to construct a typology of the German people categorized by estate, profession and living environment. The resulting work includes more than five hundred photographs, divided into seven groups and over forty-five portfolios. Although Sander continued working on the project until his death in 1964, the collection was never finalized. ‘Farm Girl’ almost certainly originated in the rural Westerwald region and may have been intended for inclusion in the group ‘The Farmer’, alongside such images as ‘Farmer’s Child’ (1919) or ‘Country Girls from the Westerwald’ (1927). Immaculately dressed, her hair in tidy braids, the little girl stands at the side of a country road holding a bouquet of wild flowers and grasses, the forest just visible in the distance behind her.

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  • title: Farm Girl, c.1910
  • accession number: AL00166
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1910
  • measurements: 25.80 x 18.90 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.