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Self-Portrait, 1925
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Self-Portrait, 1925 1925

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
August Sander included this self-portrait from 1925 in the portfolio entitled ‘Types and Figures of the City’ within his photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander has explained that the self-portrait stands at the beginning of his idea for his monumental work in which he aimed to document the social structures and professional classes in his native Germany at that time. ‘Types and Figures of the City’, from the group ‘The City’, comprises a portfolio of portraits loosely unified through their representation of figures who move on the fringes of society. The people depicted range from beggars and homeless people to artists and bohemians. By including his portrait in this portfolio Sander suggests that he considered himself to have something of their outsider status.


  • Acc. No. AL00121
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 19.50 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