Gelatin silver print
Image: 21.5 x 25.5 cm (8 7/16 x 10 1/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
© Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv Köln / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
James Parmelee Fund 1985.42
In the early 1920s, August Sander began to make unpretentious, sympathetic portraits cataloguing the lifestyles and occupations of modern Germans. The publication of this ambitious photographic effort was never completed, however. An initial volume of 60 plates was banned in the mid-1930s for not coinciding with official Nazi teachings about class and race. Sander then turned to landscape photography. In Young Farmers, he used dress, gesture, and setting to document the attitudes and social position of his subjects.
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