August Sander

People of the Twentieth Century

August Sander

Hod carrier, 1928
Gelatin silver print
Collection August Sander Archive
© August Sander Archive/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

November 29, 2002 - February 23, 2003

Working in early- and mid-twentieth-century Germany, August
Sander photographed anonymous people, then divided the images into archetypal groups such as The Farmer and The Woman to create a typological "total picture" of society. A monumental work that set new conceptual and aesthetic standards, People of the Twentieth Century remains highly significant today for its unique place in the history of photography and its continuing influence on contemporary artists. Organized by the August Sander Archive, this exhibition presents some two hundred of Sander's powerful portraits.

August Sander: People of the 20th Century was organized by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur (Photography Collection/SK Cultural Foundation), Cologne. Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Goethe-Institut.