Young National Socialist, 1941
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Young National Socialist, 1941 1941
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander created a portfolio entitled ‘National Socialists’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in his project ‘People of the 20th Century’ in response to the political situation in 1930s Germany. He divided his photographic project comprising more than 500 images into seven groups, made up of over 45 portfolios classified according to the estates, professions and living environments of the German people. This portfolio, which denotes the subjects’ shared political affiliation as members of the National Socialist Party, is distinct from the portraits of members of the German military. This striking photograph shows a blonde young man in his uniform, medals shining on his breast, his hands tightly clasped below his waist, looking at the camera with an expression of grave concentration.


  • Acc. No. AL00149
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.70 x 17.40 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