ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander

National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Until Sun 1 Mar 2020

  • FREE

Discover photographs from August Sander’s monumental project, People of the Twentieth Century, for the very first time in Wales.

ARTIST ROOMS August Sander is one of three major photography exhibitions opening at National Museum Cardiff this autumn. Bringing together the work of four of the most influential photographers in the history of the medium (August Sander, Martin Parr, and Bernd and Hilla Becher) the season presents significant collections of work that have never been seen before in Wales.

The exhibition presents over eighty photographs by August Sander drawn from his profound and ambitious project, People of The Twentieth Century. Sander's portraits celebrate the importance of the individual. He sought an honest portrayal of German society by photographing people of all ages and backgrounds; from farmers, policemen and politicians to bricklayers, secretaries and artists. The result is an ambitious body of work that captures, above all, the humanity of his subjects. ⠀

The exhibition is drawn from a major collection of over 170 modern prints, produced from the original plates by August Sander’s grandson, Gerd Sander, and placed on long loan to ARTIST ROOMS.

Image: August Sander, Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne, 1931. ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010, © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Cologne / DACS 2018

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