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

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Explosion Victim, about 1930 c 1930
  • Artist Rooms
From the mid-1920s until the end of his long life, August Sander photographed people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their social standing and professions in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. He divided his project into seven groups that are further sub-divided into more than 45 portfolios. This image is from the final group, ‘The Last People’, which presents figures confined to the margins of society: the ill, the disabled, the old and the insane. By giving visibility to these people, Sander aimed to draw attention to those who are normally invisible or ignored. Portraits such as this photograph of a victim of an explosion are given the same standing within the project as pictures of middle-class professionals and world-famous artists and architects. With his characteristically objective photographic style, Sander does not shy away from clearly illuminating the woman’s scarred face.


  • Acc. No. AL00118
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.10 x 18.90 cm (paper 43.90 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