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Fraternity Students, 1921
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Fraternity Students, 1921 1921

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This photograph is included in the portfolio ‘The Student’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s ambitious photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander intended the project to present a broad typology of the German people classified according to their estates, professions and living environments. In this photograph a central figure wears traditional fraternity clothing, while his fellow students are arranged around him in formal attire. The costume is distinguished by its decorative fabrics, ornate clasps and white cuff adorning a dark dress coat, white trousers, long boots, a sword and a cap decorated with oak leaves and fur. The dark background and clothing of the group throw the subjects’ pale faces and hands into heightened relief, emphasising their individuality.


  • Acc. No. AL00057
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 19.50 x 26.00 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