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Turkish Mousetrap Salesman, 1924-30
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Turkish Mousetrap Salesman, 1924-30 1924 - 1930

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  • Artist Rooms
August Sander took a methodological approach in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. He classified his photographs into seven groups and multiple sub-groups, reflecting the social structures and developments of his time. This portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘Travelling People – Gypsies and Transients’, representing people living on the fringes of urban life within the sixth group, ‘The City’. It presents an example of Sander’s social realist style of photography, through which he aimed to turn the viewer’s eye towards such concerns as poverty and social injustice and, as in this case, the issue of migration. The title of the picture indicates its subject’s Turkish origin and lowly occupation, while his blemished facial features and disillusioned expression evoke a life of hardship and suffering.


  • Acc. No. AL00154
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 19.10 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 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