Industrialist, about 1936
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2014

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Industrialist, about 1936 about 1936
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander captures an extraordinary array of textures and a wealth of details in this three-quarter portrait taken in Bonn, Germany. It belongs to the portfolio ‘The Industrialist’, from the second group ‘The Skilled Tradesmen’ in August Sander’s ‘People of the 20th Century’. The purpose of the photograph is thought to have been as part of a company-wide documentation series, explaining its formal lighting and pose. A well-groomed man with closely cropped hair, a perfect shave and impeccable clothing, he gazes straight ahead with an expression of intense concentration. The portrait differs from the photograph ‘Industrialist’ (around 1924) in its relatively shallow depth of field, which picks out the subject’s features in distinct focus while in the foreground and background his shoulders are softly blurred.


  • Acc. No. AL00035
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 19.20 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