Farming Couple, about 1932
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2014

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Farming Couple, about 1932 about 1932
  • Artist Rooms
The portfolio ‘Farming Types’ is the fourth in the group ‘The Farmer’, one of seven subsections of August Sander’s ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander photographed the rural German population for five decades, working initially on commission and later shooting additions of his own choosing for this series; which was conceived in the 1920s as a typology. This photograph shows a married couple posing in the doorway of their house in an apparent moment of respite from their work. The sunlight picks out the texture of the couple’s attire of rough spun cloth offset by the regular smooth brickwork. Sander sought always to capture the essential, universal human characteristics of his subject and by omitting names and composing succinct titles, avoided creating images that could be read as clichés or stereotypes.


  • Acc. No. AL00024
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.20 x 18.70 cm (paper 44.00 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