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Vagrants, 1929
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Vagrants, 1929 1929

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  • Artist Rooms
From the 1920s until the end of his life August Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and social positions in a monumental project known as ‘People of the 20th Century’. One social group that Sander documented in this way were what he identified as ‘Travelling People’. He distinguished between two types of travelling people: Circus People whom he associated with the leisure activities of city-dwellers, and ‘Gypsies and Transients’ who represent people living on the fringes of urban life. This double portrait is from the latter portfolio. While their battered shoes, walking sticks and knapsacks testify to their migratory life, and their unshaven chins suggest poverty or a lack of a stable routine, their spirits in no way appear diminished by the discomfort of being always on the road.


  • Acc. No. AL00100
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 20.00 cm (paper 44.00 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