August Sander

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NameAugust Sander
Born17 November 1876, Herdorf, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Died20 April 1964 (aged 87), Cologne, West Germany
SpouseAnna Seitenmacher (m. 1902)
OccupationPortrait and documentary photographer
Notable Work“Face of our Time” (Antlitz der Zeit), published in 1929
Known ForSeries “People of the 20th Century”
Photography TypesPortraits, landscape, nature, architecture, street photography
Early LifeBorn in Herdorf; son of a carpenter working in the mining industry; had six siblings
Early CareerLearned about photography while working at a local iron ore mine; set up his own darkroom with his uncle’s support
Military ServiceAssistant to photographer Georg Jung from 1897 to 1899
Professional CareerWorked at Photographische Kunstanstalt Greif studio in Linz, Austria-Hungary; became sole owner in 1902
Move to CologneLeft Linz around 1909-1910; established new studio in Lindenthal district of Cologne
People of the 20th CenturyThe series started in 1911; and divided into seven sections depicting various societal roles during the Weimar Republic
Sections of SeriesThe Farmer, The Skilled Tradesman, Woman, Classes and Professions, The Artists, The City, The Last People
Art Society MembershipJoined the Upper Austrian Art Society in the late 1940s

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