Farming Family, 1912
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2014

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Farming Family, 1912 1912
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander’s ambition to create a photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people resulted in the collection ‘The People of the 20th Century’. Composed of over 500 images, Sander divided the opus into seven groups and over 45 portfolios according to the living environments, professions and estates of his subjects. The first group in the series is ‘The Farmer’, which contains twelve portfolios; this image appears in the portfolio, ‘The Farmer’s Family’. The photograph aligns chronologically with his early trips to the Westerwald region of Germany and probably originated as a commissioned family portrait on a special occasion. Sander has captured the generations of a beautifully attired family, standing proudly on their land. This image exemplifies Sander’s photographic skill in its even lighting, rich detail and depth of field. The inclusion of the family dog and the guitar may have been the choice of the patrons, adding a personal note to their photograph. Sander, particularly in his early portraits, likely encouraged his sitters to hols things of their own choosing.


  • Acc. No. AL00020
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 19.10 x 26.00 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm; frame: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010