Mädchen im Kirmeswagen [Girl in Fairground Caravan], 1926-32
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2013

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Mädchen im Kirmeswagen [Girl in Fairground Caravan], 1926-32 1926 - 1932
  • Artist Rooms
Sander’s approach in photographing subjects for his ambitious project ‘People of the 20th century’ was highly methodical and based on an almost sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups. This photograph is from Group Six, ‘The City’, and the portfolio ‘Travelling People – Fair and Circus’. It is an example of Sander’s supreme skill in creating a striking composition. The strong horizontals of the wooden caravan are broken by the delicate, almost ballerina-like curve of the girl’s arm as she reaches out to open the door. Her arm also acts as a device in creating depth, extending from the background into the foreground. The darkness behind the girl’s head frames her perfectly within the image.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Composition, Portfolio


  • Acc. No. AL00127
  • Medium Photograph on paper; modern print by Gerd Sander
  • Size 25.80 x 19.90 cm (paper 43.90 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in (Artist Rooms)