Sisters and Brother, 1924
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Sisters and Brother, 1924 1924
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander included this portrait of three sisters and their brother in the portfolio entitled ‘The Family’, classified in the group ‘The Woman’ in his documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. It is one of two photographs included in this group that show only siblings, and thus the members of a single generation in a family. Here Sander arranged the three sisters and their brother alternating in front and behind, so that they frame the sister who sits at the lowest level and looks directly ahead. Flanking her on either side, her two siblings’ faces turn at slight angles towards her, although their look is aimed equally at the camera. On the far left side, the third sister looks diagonally across the picture plane creating a dynamic compositional tension. Dressed formally in dark garments, but lacking jewellery or decoration, the siblings offer no narrative to the viewer beyond their shared facial features.


  • Acc. No. AL00049
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 16.30 x 25.10 cm (paper 43.80 x 33.90 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