From the mid-1920s onwards August Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their social status and professional occupation in a monumental project entitled ‘People of the 20th Century’. More than 500 hundred photographs documenting German society at this time of rapid modernisation are organised into seven groups: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’. This portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘Types and Figures of the City’ within the sixth group, ‘The City’. It shows the artists Willi Bongard and Gottfried Brockmann, who were associated with the Cologne Dada movement and the group of artists known as the Cologne Progressives. The title of the picture, ‘Bohemians’, establishes the two artists as representatives of the unconventional lifestyle of the early twentieth-century avant-garde.