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

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Children Born Blind, about 1930 about 1930

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  • Artist Rooms
With his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander aimed to provide an image of his time for subsequent generations. The project’s more than 500 photographs are divided into seven groups, representing the social structures and employment divisions in Sander’s native Germany. This picture of two blind children is from the final group entitled ‘The Last People’, which depicts people excluded from everyday working life in modern society. In Sander’s typological approach the subjects shown in this group are categorised as ‘Idiots’, ‘the Sick’, and ‘the Insane’. Although these labels might appear discriminatory, Sander’s objective treatment of these figures was no different from his approach to all the other social groups depicted in his project, eliminating any negative connotations.


  • Acc. No. AL00116
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 19.10 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