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Writer and Theatre Critic [Franx Paul Brückner], about 1926
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Writer and Theatre Critic [Franx Paul Brückner], about 1926 about 1926

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  • Artist Rooms
This picture of the writer and theatre critic Franz Paul Brückner is one of twelve portraits included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Writer’ within the group ‘The Artists’ from August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. The writers were all photographed in Sander’s studio. Most are shown seated, viewed from a frontal perspective against a neutral background and framed in three-quarter length. This arrangement emphasises the sitters’ body language and the details of their dress and facial expressions, which are highlighted by the camera’s sharp focus. In terms of composition, Sander’s portraits of writers hardly differ from the pictures he took of the representatives of other professions, such as lawyers, businessmen and politicians. This similarity in composition was intended to enable a comparison of the sitters and the social types and classes they represent.


  • Acc. No. AL00082
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 19.40 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