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Public Prosecutor, about 1931
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Public Prosecutor, about 1931 about 1931

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This photograph is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Official’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Drawing on the commissioned portraits he had taken during the Wilhelmine era, Sander decided to compile a typology of the German people during the 1920s, continuing to expand and edit the project until his death in 1964. This frontal portrait presents a composed young legal prosecutor sitting on a wooden chair in front of patterned wallpaper. He is dressed in a formal three-piece suit, his hair combed down flat against his head. Leaning slightly forwards, he rests his elbows on the chair’s curved arms and presses his fingertips together in a prayer position.


  • Acc. No. AL00062
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.20 x 20.70 cm (paper 43.80 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