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The Man of the Soil
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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The Man of the Soil 1910

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This image is the first of the ‘Portfolio of Archetypes’, the prelude to the seven portfolios that make up ‘The Farmer’, the first group of August Sander’s opus of typological portraits, ‘People of the 20th Century’. The portfolio is a collection of early portraits that Sander shot in the Westerwald region of Germany and was compiled as a collection of essential human traits before Sander conceived of the wider work in the 1920s. In this image, the subject is seated outside, before a background of foliage, a walking stick held in his hands. The crook and title together communicate the essential characteristics of his life, his steady gaze meets that of the viewer. The image shares a title with the female portrait of 1912 which is included as the first of the female portraits in this portfolio.


  • Acc. No. AL00002
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 18.90 cm (paper 43.90 x 33.90 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm; frame: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010