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Master Mason, 1926 - 1932
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Master Mason, 1926 - 1932 1926

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Master Mason’ is the first image of the portfolio ‘The Mastercraftsman’, the first portfolio of the group ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, in August Sander’s major photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander conceived of his ambitious project, to record a representative typology of the German people, categorised by their estate, profession and surroundings, in the 1920’s. This portfolio concentrates on the representation of the traditional crafts, setting its subjects within their working context and surrounded by the tools of their trade. Here, the mason leans casually on the masonry tower to his left, his left leg extended diagonally into the room. The freshly assembled stacks both stabilise his contrapposto pose and frame him.


  • Acc. No. AL00032
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 18.90 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