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National Socialist, Head of Department of Culture, c.1938
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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National Socialist, Head of Department of Culture, c.1938 about 1938

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This is the final portrait in the sub-portfolio entitled ‘National Socialists’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. It differs from the other images in the portfolio in its composition. In profile, its subject looks straight ahead out of the left of the image, foregoing the eye contact Sander often sought to establish between his model and the camera. The National Socialist’s swastika armband in its stark black-and-white contrast is the focal point of the image, echoing the strong contrasts of light and dark that alternate on his left ear. The photograph demonstrates Sander’s exemplary mastery of illumination, causing light to emerge gradually from the dark greys in the backdrop and the official’s uniform to culminate in the band on his arm. The subject is the party member of the highest rank included in the portfolio.


  • Acc. No. AL00151
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 19.20 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