Handlanger [Bricklayer], 1928
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2013

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Handlanger [Bricklayer], 1928 1928
  • Artist Rooms
This is one of Sander’s most iconic photographs. It is a bold and compelling image which displays his artistic skill to an incredible degree. The power stems from the dramatic lighting, which from the darkness focuses attention on the bricklayer’s face. He stares directly into the lens, confident and assured. With one arm resting on his hip, he stands tall as though the bricks on his shoulders are as light as a feather. This photograph is part of Sander’s ambitious project ‘People of the 20th Century’ which was based on an almost sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups: The Farmer, The Skilled Tradesman, The Woman, Classes and Professions, The Artists, The City and The Last People. This work is from ‘The Skilled Tradesman’.


  • Acc. No. AL00038
  • Medium Photograph on paper; modern print by Gerd Sander
  • Size 26.00 x 18.30 cm (paper 44.00 x 33.90 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in (Artist Rooms)