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Grammar School Boy, 1926 (High School Student)
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Grammar School Boy, 1926 (High School Student) 1926

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
From the mid-1920s until the end of his life August Sander worked on his monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ with which he aimed to chronicle the social structures and professional classes of his native Germany. The rapid modernisation of the time had caused the emergence of a new youth culture, giving rise to previously unknown social ‘types’. This included the politicisation of young people, as well as their increasing fashion consciousness, as illustrated here. This portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘Youth Movements’ within the project’s sixth group, ‘The City.’ The young man’s smart patterned suit with a matching waistcoat and tie, his slicked back hair and casually held cigarette all speak of a new level of self-confidence and autonomy, which is confirmed by his direct and enigmatic look at the camera.


  • Acc. No. AL00128
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.60 x 13.90 cm (paper 43.90 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