August Sander (German, 1876-1964). Photograph titled "Young Soldier, Westerwald," depicting a young German soldier in World War II, ca. 1945. Silver gelatin print. Printed in 1989 by August's grandson, Gerd Sander (German, 1940â€“2021). Pencil signed along the verso with Gerd's signature.
Beginning in the mid-1920s and continuing throughout the rest of his life, Sander worked on his highly ambitious project "People of the 20th Century," in which he aimed to document Germany by taking photographs of people from all walks of life. He divided these portraits into five groups, "The Farmer," "The Skilled Tradesman," "The Woman," "Classes and Professions," "The Artists," "The City," and "The Last People." Sander photographed everyone from soldiers to those they persecuted, showing the turmoil ridden interwar landscape of his homeland. Though much of his work was suppressed or destroyed in bomb related fires during World War II, approximately 6,000 prints and 11,000 negatives survive, which include many images of "People of the 20th Century."Unframed; height: 9 1/2 in x width: 7 in. Framed: height: 20 in x width: 16 in.
The photograph is in good condition. There are no tears. There is a light crease along the upper left corner of the photograph. There is some slight loss to the extreme upper edge of the photograph. Under close inspection, the emulsion appears smooth, with no breaks. The artwork is adhered along the top edge to a paper board backing. There is a pencil inscription from the artist's grandson along the lower third of the verso. The photograph is matted and not framed. Please contact us for a detailed condition report. Please note that the lack of a condition statement does not imply perfect condition. Email email@example.com with any condition questions.
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