Non-Commissioned Officer, about 1944
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Non-Commissioned Officer, about 1944 about 1944
  • Artist Rooms
This photograph is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Soldier’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. The portfolio includes photographs that he shot in the field during World War I, when he was deployed as a medical orderly, alongside portraits from World War II. He divided his photographic opus of more 500 images into seven groups, made up of over 45 portfolios classified according to the estates, professions and living environments of the German people. The setting of this portrait of a non-commissioned officer towards the end of World War II is a bourgeois interior, as is indicated by the two paintings visible on the patterned wallpaper behind him. The nameless officer, dressed fittingly in his uniform, looks intelligently back at the camera. The scarf knotted around his throat introduces a personal touch, evoking a sense of the individual as a single but exemplary representative of a much larger social group.


  • Acc. No. AL00068
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 19.10 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