The latest edition of August Sander's best-known work.
With People of the 20th Century, August Sander created a monumental work that is unique in the history of photography and a classic of photographic literature. Sander first conceived the project in the 1920s, spending the next 40 years dedicated to the recording of Germany's contemporary society. Taking hundreds of photographs of German citizens, Sander then categorised the images by occupation and social type. He envisaged seven groups labeled “The Farmer”, “The Skilled Tradesman”, “The Woman”, “Classes and Professions”, “The Artists”, “The City” and—on the theme of age, illness, and death—“The Last People”. Approaching each subject with the same unflinching realistic style, Sander intended to present universally human characteristics inherent across the social spectrum. His sympathetic approach to the human condition has had a lasting influence on many photographers including Walker Evans and Diane Arbus.
Hardcover, 808pp, 619 duotone plates Book size: 9 x 11 1/2 inches / 23 x 29 cm