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Circus People, 1926-32
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Circus People, 1926-32 1926 - 1932

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  • Artist Rooms
One of the social types represented in August Sander’s photographic studies of city life is loosely identified as ‘travelling people’, and their portraits are classified in a portfolio of this name within his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. The photographs of travelling people are further divided into sub-groups entitled ‘Fair and Circus’ people and ‘Gypsies and Transients’. This photograph is classified within the former portfolio from the group, ‘The City’. It shows performers from the famous Barum Circus, which principally toured in East Prussia, and eastern and northern Germany. Between 1926 and 1929 the circus visited the Rhineland cities of Dortmund, Remscheid and Cologne. Although Sander dated it slightly later, this photograph is thought to have been taken during one of these visits and shows a group of female performers and a boy assembled during an informal moment of their day.


  • Acc. No. AL00098
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 18.60 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