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Fraternity Students, 1925
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Fraternity Students, 1925 1925

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  • Artist Rooms
This portrait of a fraternity student is from the portfolio entitled ‘The Student’ within ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic typology ‘People of the 20th Century’. The group is composed of 12 portfolios depicting members of the various types and vocations making up German society. Along with such photographs as ‘Fraternity Students’ (1921) and ‘Student Corps Member’ (1925), it documents the traditional mode of studentship in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany. Sander juxtaposed this formal tradition with a series of photographs of working students in the portfolio, emphasising both his ambition to use photography as a documentation of social reality, and his wish for the series in its entirety to inform the individual image.


  • Acc. No. AL00146
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.20 x 19.50 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