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

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Banker, 1929 1929

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  • Artist Rooms
August Sander’s monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ - divided into seven groups and over 45 portfolios - that was intended to be a representative typology of the German people classified according to their estates, professions and living environments. The portfolio entitled ‘The Businessman’ from the portfolio ‘Classes and Professions’ presents a variety of social classes encompassing a wide range of commercial activity. Here the banker is pictured smartly dressed and coiffed, sitting behind a desk strewn with the instruments of his trade, apparently caught in the act of reading and smoking a cigar. The date of the portrait is a reminder of the political and social upheaval that rocked much of the world in the economic crash of 1929.


  • Acc. No. AL00076
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.20 x 19.50 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