Young Woman, 1929
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Young Woman, 1929 1929
  • Artist Rooms
The indoor setting and soft focus in this glamorous portrait suggest that it may have originated as a commissioned work in August Sander’s Cologne studio, before he included it in the portfolio entitled ‘The Elegant Woman’, within the third group ‘The Woman’ in his photographic opus ‘People of the 20th Century’. Here, the gentle natural light and the camera’s soft focus draw a visual parallel between the fine fabric of the young woman’s full skirt, falling in delicate folds over her legs and spilling over the edges of her chair, and her luminous skin. Sander’s ambitious project, left incomplete at the time of his death, comprises more than 500 images divided into seven groups and over 45 portfolios, through which he hoped to create a typology of the German people.


  • Acc. No. AL00051
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 17.90 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