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Mother and Son, 1925-30
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Mother and Son, 1925-30 1925 - 1930

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The third group in August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ is dedicated to the representation of ‘The Woman’. This photograph of a mother and son revisits the theme of familial generations, which Sander also addresses in the group ‘The Farmer’ in such images as ‘Three Generations of the Family’ (1912). The subjects of this portrait – an aged mother and her adult son – provide a striking departure from the images of young mothers and children that populate the portfolio ‘Woman and Child’, from which this photograph comes. Here, the mother’s body leans away from her son and the camera, while he leans towards her and into the picture frame. Despite the difference in their age and sex, the similarities in their shared features are unmistakable, and emphasised by the mirroring shapes of their tilted heads and the spectacles they both wear.


  • Acc. No. AL00046
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 19.50 cm (paper 43.90 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