Konditor [Pastry Cook], 1928
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2013

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Konditor [Pastry Cook], 1928 1928
  • Artist Rooms
For his ambitious photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’ Sander’s approach was highly methodical and based on a quasi sociological analysis of Germany at this time. He divided his portraits into seven main groups: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’. This photograph is from the eighth portfolio in the second group, entitled ‘The Master Craftsman’, and shows a pastry cook standing proudly in a commercial kitchen. It is cleverly composed with a rhythm of curves that flow from the chef’s bald head, down over his round belly and into the large steel bowl beneath his hands. The chef’s confident pose confers a sense of authority and authenticity to the image.

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  • Acc. No. AL00033
  • Medium Photograph on paper; modern print by Gerd Sander
  • Size 26.00 x 17.30 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