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Three Siblings, about 1928-30
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Three Siblings, about 1928-30 about 1928 - 1930

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
August Sander began his photographic career as a portraitist, conceiving his monumental documentary project, ‘People of the 20th Century’, in the mid-1920s. His ambition to create a typology of the German people categorized according to their estate, profession and living environment resulted in more than five hundred photographs, divided into seven groups, and over forty-five portfolios. Although Sander continued working on the project until his death in 1964, the collection was never finalized, and this photograph of three siblings, probably taken in the Westerwald, may have been intended for inclusion in the group ‘The Farmer’ alongside such portraits as ‘Farm Children’ (about 1913) and ‘Three Generations of the Family’ (1912). Dressed in their best clothes, the children stand incongruously on the side of a country road, formally posed and looking seriously at the photographer.


  • Acc. No. AL00165
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.70 x 19.00 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