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Old Farmer, 1931-2
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Old Farmer, 1931-2 1931 - 1932

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
With his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ August Sander aimed visually to chronicle social life in his native Germany. The seven groups of photographs that make up the project represent some of the social classes and professions of his time: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’. ‘Old Farmer’ belongs to the final group 'The Last People', which is dedicated to figures that are often forgotten or ignored such as the ill, the disabled, the old and the insane, illustrating the humanitarian concerns and sensibilities that underpin Sander’s work. This particular photograph was taken in the Westerwald, where most of Sander’s photographic studies of farming people and their rural and traditional ways of living were undertaken.


  • Acc. No. AL00117
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.20 x 19.90 cm (paper 43.80 x 33.90 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