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High-School Student (Gymnasiast)

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© 2018 Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv Köln / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1926

Artist:

August Sander (German, 1876–1964)
printed by Gunther Sander (German, 1907–1986/87)

About this artwork

A professional portraitist based in Cologne, Germany, August Sander had already amassed numerous photographs of farmers and peasants in the surrounding region when he decided in the early 1920s to expand his record and expressly document all classes, occupations, and lifestyles in the nation. This monumental undertaking, to which Sander gave the name People of the Twentieth Century, eventually grew to include more than 600 portraits (and thousands of poses) that formed a “physiognomical time exposure of German man,” in the photographer’s words. Remarkably consistent in their lighting and poses, and hung or reproduced in pairs in Sander’s lifetime, the portraits invite comparative analysis, suggesting limitless types rather than the quite limited typecasting espoused by Nazism, which Sander increasingly opposed.

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Photography and Media

Artist

August Sander

Title

High-School Student (Gymnasiast)

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1926

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Blind stamped recto, lower left: "Aug. Sander / Köln / Lindenthal"; inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "1" [encircled]

Dimensions

30.4 × 21.9 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Helen Harvey Mills

Reference Number

1974.186

Copyright

© 2018 Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv Köln / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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