Blacksmith(s), 1926
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Blacksmith(s), 1926 1926
  • Artist Rooms
In the group ‘The Skilled Tradesman’ belonging to his large project ‘People of the 20th Century’, Sander explores not only the traditional trades, but also the familial and social aspects of working life. This double portrait, included in the portfolio ‘The Worker – His Life and Work’, taken in Wuppertal, Germany, depicts two blacksmiths standing either side of a large anvil set on a masonry pedestal. Both men hold hammers, the elder letting his lie horizontally on the anvil while the younger leans lightly on a long-handled metal mallet. The vertical slant of the mallet is repeated in the wooden slat lying against the wall in the background, just as the surface edge of the anvil is repeated in the metal strip lying on the pedestal below.


  • Acc. No. AL00039
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 19.90 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 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