Peddler, 1930
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Peddler, 1930 1930
  • Artist Rooms
August Sander took a methodical approach in photographing the subjects of his ambitious project ‘People of the 20th Century’, which was based on a quasi-sociological analysis of his native Germany. He classified over 500 photographs into seven groups representing the social and professional classes of the rapidly modernising nation. This portrait of a peddler is from the portfolio entitled ‘People Who Came to My Door’ within the sixth group, ‘The City’. The man holds up a box filled with such everyday consumer products as postcards, stamps and shoe polish. His pose – cap in hand – expresses the formal politeness of a salesman anxious to ingratiate himself into the goodwill of those who open their doors to him in the hope that they will buy something from his box of goods.


  • Acc. No. AL00109
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 18.70 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