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August Sander (1876 – 1964)

August Sander is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century in today's art scholarly research and is classified as belonging to the New Objectivity style.
August Sander was born on November 17, 1876 in Herdorf, Altenkirchen County (then Rhineland-Palatinate, now Rhineland-Palatinate). Sander was a German photographer, as such self-taught, who worked with great intensity in the medium of photography after working as a miner. In 1910 Sander settled in Cologne. He devoted himself with great systematic to portrait photography, in which he captured archetypes of the population from the time of the Weimar Republic. He created a unique socio-psychological documentation in which he photographed typical social strata and occupational groups of the time in front of the camera in characteristic poses. Under the title "Antlitz der Zeit. Sixty photographs of German people of the 20th century", Sander's first book publication of the photo series appeared in 1929. Sander died in Cologne on April 20, 1964. On a memorial plaque located at Sander's home and studio in Cologne, Sander is personally quoted about his work: "I am often asked how I came up with the idea of creating this work. See, observe and think and the question is answered. Nothing seemed more suitable to me than to give a picture of our time through photography in absolute fidelity to nature".