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

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Commercial Traveller, 1930 1930

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The Small-Town Dweller’ is a portfolio in the group ‘The Farmer’, one of seven groups of August Sander’s documentation of different ‘types’ of German people, ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander organised the work of over 500 images according to the living environment, estate and profession of the subjects and in this portfolio sought to represent the familial and social experiences of the farmer. This portfolio marks a move away from the rural starting point in the ‘Portfolio of Archetypes’, towards the urban population of Germany’s towns and cities. The photographs in the portfolio often include narrative elements reflect daily life in small communities. The ‘Commercial Traveller’ leans casually on his stick, the street receding behind him, one foot out, as if ready to resume his walk. Sander’s ambition to compile representations of social and professional experiences is achieved here in the omission of name and location of the photograph.


  • Acc. No. AL00026
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 19.00 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