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

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Blind People, about 1930 c 1930
  • Artist Rooms
With his monumental photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’, August Sander aimed to document visually the social structures and divisions of his time. He organised the project into seven groups of photographs representing a range of social and professional classes including ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesmen’ and ‘The Artists’. This picture of two blind men is from the final group entitled 'The Last People', which attests to Sander’s particular interest in documenting not only the dominant social classes, but also those people on the margins of society who are usually given little visibility and importance. ‘The Last People’ consists of only one portfolio. Entitled ‘Idiots, the Sick, the Insane and Matter’, it depicts people suffering from such disabilities as blindness, as well as illness and old age.


  • Acc. No. AL00161
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 20.50 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