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Member of the Hitler Youth,  about 1941
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Member of the Hitler Youth, about 1941 about 1941

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
August Sander included this portrait in the portfolio entitled ‘National Socialists’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in his wide-ranging project ‘People of the 20th Century’. It includes more than 500 pictures and is divided into seven groups composed of over 45 portfolios, of which only this one is defined by political affiliation. The outdoor setting of this full-length portrait resonates with those classified in the first group ‘The Farmer’, which also originated in the Westerwald region. The photograph exemplifies Sander’s skilful use of grey tones and a broad depth of field enabling him to capture a rich variety of textures. Standing on uncut grass before a fence and fruit trees, the boy is shown in his uniform, his boots polished, his hair carefully combed and a swastika armband in place. His left hand rests on his belt buckle as he looks enigmatically back at the camera.


  • Acc. No. AL00148
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 18.50 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