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Attorney and Art Collector [Joseph Haubrich], 1931
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Attorney and Art Collector [Joseph Haubrich], 1931 1931

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This photograph is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Judge and the Attorney’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. While Sander often omitted the names of his subjects, replacing them with succinct titles that suggest their function as representatives of wider social phenomena, the combination of attorney and art collector here lends the subject a sense of increased individuality. However, although the title supplies some extra information, the tight framing of the portrait and its full-frontal viewing evoke a mug-shot. The traditional studio setting omits all narrative detail, giving no hint of Haubrich’s career either as an attorney or as an important collector of expressionist art. The painter Heinrich Hoerle, photographed by Sander as ‘The Painter’ (1928), painted a similar closely-cropped portrait of Haubrich the same year, illustrating the rich interaction of the Cologne circle of artists.


  • Acc. No. AL00065
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.50 x 18.50 cm (paper 43.80 x 33.80 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