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

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Foster-mother, about 1930 about 1930

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  • Artist Rooms
In around 1930 August Sander took a series of photographs of blind children and adults during a visit to The Institute for the Blind in Düren, near his home town of Cologne. He assigned a large number of these images to the seventh group of photographs that concludes his monumental project ‘People of the 20th Century’. This group, entitled ‘The Last People’, is dedicated to giving visibility to those figures who are usually confined to the margins of society: the ill, the disabled, the old and the insane. It testifies to the humanitarian concerns that underpin Sander’s attempt to document photographically the social conditions and structures in his native Germany at that time. The foster mother in nun’s attire who stands at the centre of this picture may be read as the personification of these concerns.


  • Acc. No. AL00134
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 19.70 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