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

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Disabled Waggoner, 1930 1930

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  • Artist Rooms
For several decades August Sander photographed individuals and groups in his native Germany, classifying them according to their social standing and professions. His ambitious attempt to chronicle the social structures of his time resulted in the monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. This portrait of a disabled waggoner is from the group ‘The City’ and its portfolio ‘People Who Came to My Door’, which depicts peddlers, beggars and other people from the lower classes of society who lived in precarious financial conditions. The photograph was taken in Sander’s studio in the Cologne district of Lindenthal. Although its title makes clear reference to its subject’s disability, what brought the waggoner to Sander’s door is not directly identified, leaving us to speculate. It is an example of Sander’s social realist style of image-making, premised on the idea of using photography as a means of drawing attention to social grievances and inequalities.


  • Acc. No. AL00157
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 16.20 cm (paper 43.80 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