August Sander

German, 1876–1964

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August Sander

German, 1876–1964

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Declaring “let me speak the truth in all honesty about our age,” foremost 20th-century German photographer August Sander spent his life documenting his fellow countrymen in straightforward, dignified portraits. His early training as a painter informed his exquisitely composed, minutely detailed gelatin silver photographs. In 1910, Sander embarked upon the epic project that would bring him into conflict with the Nazis, as well as late fame: Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century) (1910-50s). Using a large-format camera and long exposure times, he amassed hundreds of portraits, forming a typology of German society during the two World Wars, shaped by his philosophy about the distinct groups by which it is structured. Sander was a cipher. He disappeared behind his lens, picturing farmers, merchants, civil servants, intellectuals, gypsies, and the insane so that they could be seen.

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Biography

Declaring “let me speak the truth in all honesty about our age,” foremost 20th-century German photographer August Sander spent his life documenting his fellow countrymen in straightforward, dignified portraits. His early training as a painter informed his exquisitely composed, minutely detailed gelatin silver photographs. In 1910, Sander embarked upon the epic project that would bring him into conflict with the Nazis, as well as late fame: Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century) (1910-50s). Using a large-format camera and long exposure times, he amassed hundreds of portraits, forming a typology of German society during the two World Wars, shaped by his philosophy about the distinct groups by which it is structured. Sander was a cipher. He disappeared behind his lens, picturing farmers, merchants, civil servants, intellectuals, gypsies, and the insane so that they could be seen.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta
Articles Featuring August Sander
MoMA Acquires August Sander’s Most Important Work
Jun 5th, 2015
Three Photographers Document Three Eras of Modern Life at FEROZ Galerie
Apr 8th, 2015
Iconic Portraits by August Sander Present a Sober Reality in 20th-Century Germany
Dec 10th, 2014
Photographic History Converges at the Getty, Featuring Works by Man Ray, Yasumasa Morimura, Loretta Lux, and More
Jul 16th, 2014
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