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August Sander: People of the 20th Century

August Sander: People of the 20th Century
LOS ANGELES  •  Getty Museum  •  Ongoing
Comprised of over 200 photographs from the SK Stiftung Kulture, this exhibition represents an in depth examination of August Sander's portraiture. Sander (1876 1964), who worked early in the 20th century, photographed anonymous people dressed in wrok clothing, thern divided the images into seven archetypal groups such as "The Farmer" and "The Woman", to reveal their subjects' social roles.

Sander believed that society was organized into a hierarchy of occupations. One section of his project is dedicated to the skilled tradesman, including master craftsmen, industrialists, technicians, and inventors. Subjects associated with intellectual or "white-collar" labor were usually photographed indoors in three-quarter-length poses, while master craftsmen were portrayed in their working environment with the tools of their trades. Portrayed as he emerges from the dark basement of a building, the coal carrier in the image above belongs to the lower ranks of labor and is symbolically associated with the bowels of German society.

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