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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 2015

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Mädchen im Kirmeswagen [Girl in Fairground Caravan], 1926-32 1926 - 1932

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
In photographing the subjects of his ambitious project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander took a methodical approach consistent with his quasi-sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups. This photograph is from the portfolio entitled ‘Travelling People – Fair and Circus’ within the project’s sixth group, ‘The City’. It presents an example of Sander’s supreme skill in creating a striking composition. The strong horizontals and verticals of the slatted wooden caravan and its window are complimented by the girl’s arm bent at a right angle as she reaches out to open the door, which echoes the opening of the window above her head. Her arm also acts as a device in creating depth, extending from the space inside the caravan to its outer surface in the foreground, while darkness behind the girl’s head throws her features into striking relief.


  • 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 ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010