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

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Touring Player, 1928-30 1928 - 1930
  • Artist Rooms
The fifth group of photographs in August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ is titled 'The Artists'. It includes the portfolios ‘The Writer’, ‘The Actor’, ‘The Architect’, ‘The Sculptor’, ‘The Painter’, ‘The Composer’, and ‘The Performing Musician’. This is a photograph of an unknown touring player or entertainer is from the portfolio ‘The Actor’. As befits his profession, the actor is lit in a manner that suggests a stage setting, gesturing as though he is declaiming a speech. The darkness of his eye sockets and lips enhances the sense of theatricality. Sander aimed to capture the traits typical to the professional groups he was documenting, and the photographs he took of writers, architects and composers are more naturalistic in style. The sitters are usually shown against a plain white background and have neutral facial expressions.


  • Acc. No. AL00083
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.70 x 17.70 cm (paper 43.80 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