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The life and photography of august sander

Contact August Sander Lived from 1876 until 1964, August Sander was a German documentary and portrait photographer who is still considered as being significantly and brilliantly adept at photographing German portraits in the early 20th century.

At the time of the World War, it was a courageous step by Sander to work on such a subject.

August Sander

He was the son of a mine worker, and Sander did the same work initially as his father. During that time he found somebody who worked for a mining company and was also a photographer. From 1897 to 1899, he worked as an assistant for a photographer.

  1. After three years, in 1963 Sander died of a stroke in Cologne.
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  3. But Sander frames the photograph to include a sag in the tent wall behind them, and a taut length of rope at the top, both of which attest to the temporary space they occupy. His elbow rests on the table, his head inclines towards his companion and his crossed leg points in her direction.

After completing his service for the military, he traveled through Germany, doing industrial and architectural photography. In 1901, he began working in Linz in a Austrian photography studio.

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During this time, he experimented using color in photography and this work was taken by the Leipzig Museum. Three years later, in Cologne he established a new photo studio. August Sander started working on People of the 20th Century, a portrait series, in 1911. Despite this he continued with his photography venture.

August Sander: Men Without Masks

By 1919, he started teaching students and apprentices. In 1927, he traveled for three months across Sardinia where he took approximately 500 images of landscapes and people.

The Man of the Soil

In 1929, Sander published a photo book, titled Face of our Time. It includes portraits from his first series. In 1935, while his son was in jail, Sander started working on a series of landscapes in Rhineland. He dedicated these prints to the families of those men. Sander shifted to a rural region from Cologne.

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  2. He left Linz at the end of 1909 and set up a new studio in Cologne.
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  4. Sander invites their otherness yet nullifies it.

This change of place allowed him to rescue several negatives of his work. Sadly, in 1946 some looters destroyed these negatives. Despite this chaos in his life and work, he still kept producing work.


Many of his photos were chosen by Edward Steichen to be included in the exposition, Family of Man in 1955. Three years later, the German Photographic Society made Sander their honorary associate.

The following year, he was given the chance to do a one-man exhibition.

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After three years, in 1963 Sander died of a stroke in Cologne.