Young Farmer, 1912-13
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2014

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Young Farmer, 1912-13 1912 -1913
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander’s ambition to create a photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people resulted in the collection ‘The People of the 20th Century’. Composed of over 500 images, Sander divided the opus into seven groups and over 45 portfolios according to the living environments, professions and estates of his subjects. The first group in the series is called ‘The Farmer’ and this image appears in the portfolio, ‘The Young Farmer’, of which this photograph shares its title. The horse is an unusual addition to the portraits of this portfolio, and aids in the narration of thethe daily life of this young farmer. He stands confidently alongside the horse, holding its bridle and a riding switch in the hand placed on his hip. The image is related to ‘Farmer working the fields’ about 1930, within the portfolio ‘The Farmer – His Life and Work’, and illustrates Sander’s emphasis on his individual photographs within the context of the wider series, conceived as a typology of the German populace.


  • Acc. No. AL00016
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.70 x 20.10 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 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