Red Cross Nurse, 1924
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2014

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Red Cross Nurse, 1924 1924
  • Artist Rooms
Red Cross Nurse’ is included in the portfolio entitled Occupation within the group ‘The Woman’ in August Sander’s photographic opus ‘People of the 20th Century’. A seated, traditionally-posed studio portrait, its background lacks narrative detail serving merely to frame the nurse’s face and upper body. Further framing is provided by the luminous insignia of the red cross emblem in white squares on each lapel of her jacket and on a round medallion that sits between the corners of the collar beneath her chin. The white band around her headscarf is likewise decorated with small versions of the emblem alternating with the initials RK (standing for Rotes Kreuz, meaning Red Cross) that run along the entire band, encircling her head and echoing the shape of her face.


  • Acc. No. AL00056
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 19.80 cm (paper 44.00 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