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

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Blind Children, 1930 1930

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  • Artist Rooms
With his monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ August Sander aimed to create a historical document that would illustrate the social structure of early twentieth-century Germany for future generations. The seventh and final group of photographs in the project is titled ‘The Last People’ and depicts figures on the margins of society: the ill, the disabled, the old and the insane. This photograph of two blind children learning to read Braille was taken during a visit to ‘The Institute for the Blind’ in Düren, near Sander’s home town of Cologne. The image is striking for its multiple allusion to vision, visuality and tactility. Within a tightly framed composition, two pairs of blind eyes look sightlessly down on two pairs of feeling hands that are engaged in another form of visuality – a tactile one.


  • Acc. No. AL00135
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 20.00 x 25.70 cm (paper 43.90 x 34.10 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